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posted Oct 3, 2013, 8:56 AM by School Publications

   Think anyone could play a game of volleyball? Think again.  The SEB High School Volleyball team has been working their butts off since August 14th, but before practice started the team attended several tournaments at the following places: St Anthony, Greenville, and even Rolla, Missouri!  During the preseason the team worked on form, drills, technique, and weightlifting.  Coach Elise Asher, really thinks the preseason and these tournaments help bring the team together, which is important considering the recent co-op.  The SEB Eagle volleyball team expects to win the EI conference and tournament, and with hard work the NTC is not far out of their reach.

    Coach Elise Asher's inspiration to be a coach started back in her teenage years when she taught swim lessons, which then lead to her high school and college  job as a swim coach.  While she was in college she also coached a club volleyball team. The list of teams she has coached is long and includes: girls basketball, boys basketball, pee-wee baseball, and softball.  She attended St. Elmo High School and played four years of volleyball and basketball.  She then attended MacMurray College and played two years of softball. She has been the St. Elmo High School Volleyball coach since 1995. Coach Jeni Haslett was a part of the winningest team at St. Elmo High School. Coach Krista Stine played on the state championship team at Stew Stras High School, and after high school she played volleyball at Murray State University.

    Every team needs leaders and for the SEB Eagles Gabi Moore and Bethany Oberlink are the go to girls, they help pump up the team with Gabi’s natural abilities to lead, and Bethany’s level headedness and good work ethic. The team has drive and will never give up, but they lack on the intellectual aspect of the game, which is something Coach Asher plans to work with.   Coach feels the consolidation has improved the team, especially in size.  With the number of girls on the team, many fresh/soph games are played.  When so many girls are at practice working for the same spot on the floor, it creates competition, and helps the girls reach that drive that Coach loves. Coach Asher sums up the season by saying “New and old traditions, new and old friends, volleyball, t-shirts, and pizza.  Who could ask for more?”

by Michalea Walk