Trojans’ senior trio
have fitting farewell
In 2010, Homer Central seniors Molly Ulrich, Ashley Lee and Mackenzie Gratton began their volleyball careers under the guidance of Coach Lynne Renner as seventh graders.
Six years later, this trio wrapped up their regular season home schedule on the same Homer Intermediate School court on Senior Night.
All three figured in what was a three-set sweep of visiting Phoenix Thursday as the Trojans were 25-17, 25-16, 25-23 winners over the Firebirds in an OHSL Freedom National Division outing.
Homer improves to 4-4 in the league, 6-8 overall. Phoenix falls to 1-6 in the Freedom Division and 2-9 overall.
“I like it here,” Ulrich said of the cozy Intermediate School court. “I feel really comfortable here. It’s kinda sad that it’s ending, but it’s been a lot of fun. I love playing volleyball.”
“I like playing in this gym better, but I do wish we were in the high school because it feels more like a home game,” Lee replied. “I do like this gym because I have played here before. It is pretty sad that this is my final year. I wish it wasn’t over.”
“It was very nostalgic to been honest,” Gratton stated. “It was fun playing here in seventh and eighth grade. It was fun coming back and playing in a familiar setting.
“That third set really brought up the intensity,” she added. “We all worked together as a team and I was very happy with our last home match.”
Ulrich had 16 digs on the night to go with four aces, one kill and one assist. Lee chipped in with 13 digs, two kills and one ace. Gratton posted 10 digs, two aces, one kill and one assist.
“It’s been interesting being back here,” Homer coach Jeremy Cook of the return to the Intermediate School. “We tried going to Tully for a while before getting back to this gym. I think the girls are enjoying having a ‘home court’ match. We were missing that earlier this season and it was hard finding any momentum. It was a small gym, but you seem to get a ton of energy so it’s good. It was nice to see the rest of the team pull around the seniors tonight.