Norris seniors looking to leave their own legacy
Norris’ six seniors have been thinking about stepping onto a state volleyball tournament court for a long time.
Fourth grade, at the very least. That’s when Michaela Boon and her teammates were in Christina Boesiger’s elementary class — Boesiger is also the varsity volleyball coach.
“I knew she coached the high school team, so we would talk about volleyball all the time,” Boon says.
The Titans have come up short in recent years of getting back to the Class B state tournament. So imagine the excitement when they sealed their ticket with a sweep of Hastings on Saturday.
“Those six stick together and work hard,” Boesiger said. “They’ve been playing together forever, so they are on cloud nine, I would say.”
Norris’ most recent state tournament appearance is another feather in the cap for a proud volleyball program.
The seniors — Boon, Lauren Borer, Cassandra Barber, Madelyn Ramsey, Madalynn Meyer and Nyah Chambers — were in seventh and eighth grade when Norris captured state titles in 2013 and 2014.
“Through our youth program you get to spend a lot of time with the high school girls, so we knew them pretty well,” Boon said of the state title teams. “Watching them play, you definitely want to be like them someday. Now to be in their shoes is really is an awesome feeling and we hope that younger girls can look up to us the way we looked up to them.”
Boesiger said she sees a lot of similarities in this year’s seniors and the seniors who led Norris to state titles. It starts with their work ethic and their bond as teammates.
“They just love being together,” Boesiger said. “They do team-bonding all the time, they are friends off the court, and we’ve had that before. Practices, every day, they push each other, but they have smiles on their faces.”
Boon, a Northern Colorado recruit, has blossomed into a six-rotation player. She leads the Titans (24-11) in kills, ace serves and digs. Chambers, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker, is second on the team in kills and second in blocks.
Several underclassmen have stepped up to help carry the load. Boon said the team coming together in a new way is what allowed the Titans to get back to state.
“I give a ton of credit to the underclassmen,” Boon said. “They wanted it not only for themselves but for us really bad. They talk about it all the time, they wanted to help the seniors get there. I just think having the same goal and working hard every day, our team has no quit … I think that was the biggest contributor.”
Boesiger said Norris has quite a cheer section at matches that includes several young girls. Those youngsters will get a chance to watch their high school role models on the big stage this week.
“I try to always to tell the team at the beginning what legacy are you going to leave behind,” Boesiger said. “What do you want the 2018 seniors to be remembered for and this year, they’ve nailed it. They’ve set a good example for all the younger grades.”
Norris, ranked fifth, will play second-ranked Omaha Duchesne (30-6) in Thursday’s first round.