Lady Panthers Finish Season 4-10 After Loss to BASIS-Chandler
By Daniel Dullum
As part of the Senior Day ceremonies for the Imagine Prep-Superstition volleyball team, it was disclosed that Alyssa Noble was born two minutes before her twin sister Jayla.
Does Alyssa use that knowledge to pull rank?
“Sometimes,” Alyssa said, adding that coming back to Imagine Prep “was good. I’m happy I came back. It was a good experience.”
“It was a lot better this time around,” Jayla concurred following the Lady Prospectors’ four-game season-ending loss to BASIS-Chandler on Oct. 4. “I felt like our team had a better bond, even though our attitudes do kill the game a lot. We’d lose games because of attitudes. Even though we lost, everybody fought, so it’s OK. It was a good senior year season.”
Riza Kremer, a native of The Philippines, came to Imagine Prep from Hastings and South St. Paul, Minn. She’s trying to decide between New York University and Stanford to continue her pre-med education.
“My dream is to be a general surgeon, and to get there I have to work harder for it,” Kremer said. “I’ve got to get it step by step, by getting my nursing license first.
“I’m really excited to learn so many things.”
Reserve Georgia Kostur said, “I had never played volleyball for this school, but for my senior year, I wanted to try it. I think we had a lot of attitude sometimes, but looking at all these teams, we just saw people playing volleyball. We felt like a real team, a real family, and I really like that feeling.”
Kostur, who has been accepted at three colleges, will graduate from Imagine Prep at age 16.
“I actually skipped two grades at a Catholic school, back in second grade,” Kostur said, adding that she wants to become a veterinarian.
BASIS-Chandler defeated IPS 25-12, 14-25, 25-21, 25-12. Lady Panthers setter Miranda Hess said, “We could have done a lot better this year.” Prep outside hitter Dennisse Enriquez said the season and career finale left her with “anxiety. We were anxious. I was excited. It’s my last year and we went out with a bang.”
The Lady Panthers finished 4-10 overall under first-year coach Charlyne Long, who said the season “flew by really quick.”
“I feel like this season went really well,” Long said. “I saw a lot of growth in my players, and myself. It was a huge learning experience and I enjoyed every second of it.”