Glenvar volleyball leads by example as Region 2C play begins

‘We trust everybody to be a captain for the night and I think it’s just fun.

SALEM, Va. – Their win streak is impressive but the way they do business is even better. Glenvar volleyball is one of many teams in our area entering region play undefeated.

Fresh off a VHSL Class 2 State Title, the Highlanders were eager to return to play this season.

“We were definitely ready in the offseason, texting coach every day like ‘When are we in the gym? Can we get together?’,” said senior Claire Griffith.

And they’ve proven why they were ready to roll – the Highlanders have won 32 consecutive matches dating back to 2021 and have only lost one set this year.

“Basically turned around everything that we saw throughout the course of the season that we needed to work on and they’ve shown the ability and desire to get better at,” said Glenvar head coach Mark Rohrback.

“We’ve been playing together for a long time so we just know when we get on the court it’s like we have to go,” said senior Cara Butler. “This is our time and we love competition and competing against each other and when we compete against other teams it’s amazing and we’re all locked in and we want to win and we want to win each point.”

The Highlanders have five seniors on this year’s team but they’re not limited to just their leadership. They have been rotating captains throughout the season, giving everybody a piece of the pie when it comes to leading by example.

“You know I think they all feel a part of that knowing that we trust everybody to be a captain for the night and I think it’s just fun,” Rohrback said. “It shows them all that they all respect each other and their leadership qualities as well.”

“Our energy is so great on and off the court, that we just motivate each other so much by coming in every day working so hard and pushing each other,” Griffith said.

As Glenvar preps for Region 2C play, talks of repeating have been kept at bay.

“You could lose at any point in time like you could not play good at any point but as long as you stay locked in, focused, and as long as you have fun doing it you’ll be fine,” Butler said.

“They’ve been through it, they’ve done that, they know what it feels like to play in big matches and I don’t think any moment this year will be too big for them,” said Rohrback.

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Eric is no stranger to the Roanoke Valley. He is a Roanoke native and proud graduate of William Fleming High School.