Volleyball

Volleyball

  • This year’s volleyball team, led by head coach Cassie Murray, capped off their ‘23-’24 season by going 9-7 and unfortunately losing to Northern in the 2nd round of the playoffs. Volleyball at Allegany began in 1951, in which there was only one tournament. Mrs. Rita Schoenadel was the volleyball Coach from 1967-1981. She recalled, “There was only one field day each year. On that day, the athletes would be excused from school for the entire day. We could not actually hold tryouts for the teams, so we took the girls who did well during the physical education course. There was always a main center to meet; usually at Fort Hill or Beall, because they had a regulation-sized track while ours was smaller. I had to coach a total of six teams-three from volleyball and three from track and field. But I remember one particular story about playday. Being a coach, I had to be there for both the volleyball and track athletes. So what I did was hold the net and keep score for the volleyball girls, while at the same time, I coached the girls running for track. So I coached over 80 girls. It was definitely an interesting experience.” Volleyball, along with other girls’ sports, was always degraded and considered secondary to the boys’ sports until Title IX. Under this law, males and females are expected to receive fair and equal treatment in all arenas of public schooling, including sports. Rita Schoenadel explained, “Title IX was put into effect to enforce that all girls had the same opportunities as varsity boys did. Everything had to be set equal. Before Title IX, the girls had to play in jogging suits, and they never really had decent uniforms like the boys did. Also, the coaches for the girls’ teams never got paid until Title IX came along. Since then, the Campers have had many successful seasons, as they hope to come back next year better than ever and win it all!