H.S. VOLLEYBALL | Assumption Ranked No. 1 in Kentucky, Top Ten Nationally

08/31/2017 02:15 PM

With a sweep over rival Sacred Heart, the Assumption Rockets are undefeated in 2017.

“When we scrimmage and stuff it’s like a war zone. Every side is fighting for every point,” explained sophomore outside hitter, Anna DeBeer. DeBeer is a Louisville commit.

Assumption volleyball is no stranger to winning, but having thirteen division-one commits on one roster, that’s a new level even for them.

“There’s a lot of talent on this team. That’s one of the fun parts about it is the depth. It makes practices a lot of fun, you know, they’re very competitive,” said Head Coach Ron Kordes, who is in his 29th season with the Rockets.

They fell short of the state title last season. They’ve won 19 of them since 1992, so for the Rockets, that stuck with them.

“You always suit up with the goal of winning a State Championship and whenever you don’t achieve that, I think that’s a let down,” Kordes added.

Payton Frederick, a senior libero and WKU commit, said she’d be lying if she said the team didn’t feel pressure to get back in the title hunt.

“I think there is pressure. We’re always going to have target on our back. When we play like our rivalry games people are always going to play the best of their ability.”

They’re ranked number one in the state and as high as number two nationally on some polls. They’re aware of where they stand, and while the State Title is the main goal, a National Championship is certainly on their minds.

“We really want to get that State Title and once we get that- all the big tournaments we travel to this year like Las Vegas and Chicago- all those tournaments I think it could really help us win a National Championship, so I’m excited,” DeBeer told Spectrum News.

“Playing in this program, its always kind of put a target on your back and this is just a little bit larger target maybe,” Kordes explained. “I told them before, you could be ranked 330th or something like that if they go that far, so consider it an honor that that’s what some people think of you and we’ll have fun with it and do our best to live up to it.”

How do you get to a National Championship? You compete. In Assumption’s case, with each other.

“They get pretty heated at times and I encourage that and I like that,” Kordes said. “We’ve been blessed with that throughout the years and this year, it’s probably deeper than most years so when we line up six on six, it’s two good teams going at each other.

Senior outside hitter and Bellarmine commit, Bailey Roszman, agreed.

“We have so much depth. Like, we can play six on six and each team on each side of the court is so competitive and it’s a great game and i think when we play against each other, we’re both making each other better.”

DeBeer added that this team is a special one.

“This team is very talented. I mean, it’s actually insane, all the commits and everything, we all play so well together, I think its something I’ll never forget.”

Saturday, the Rockets will play in the Avon Tournament in Avon, Indiana. Following that, they head to Mercy for a Tuesday night showdown at 7:00 p.m. eastern.

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