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GBMS 7th grade volleyball unbeaten champions
7th grade vball
The Great Bend Middle School 7th-grade volleyball B team won the Western Athletic Conference and finished with an 18-0 record under coach Brittany Leathers. Team members include front row—Braelyn Turner, Brissa Leyva, Jaselyn Werth, Heidi Jording, Lainey Smith; back row—manager Maddison Gaddis, Allie Gerhardt, Katherine Mazouch, Kamryn Koelsch, Tatum Anderson, Nathalia Gonzalez, Zoey Mayberry, Coach Brittany Leathers.

Great Bend’s 7th-grade champions

Great Bend Middle School volleyball coach Brittany Leathers led the 7th-grade B volleyball team to an 18-0 record, outscoring opponents 866 points to 476 points.  

“I’ve never had a group of girls that was more fun, hard-working and supporting teammates,” Leathers said. “I’m so proud of them for working so hard every day. I had a few girls tell me their goal was to go undefeated. It was a big goal, but they could do it.”

The team had to overcome some adveristy, but came through. 

“They adapted to all the challenges that were thrown at them,” she said. “We had girls injured or in quarantine and they always fought through. They improved throughout the season and that’s what I’m excited about. Going 18-0 this season was icing on the cake and these girls definitely deserved this WAC Championship. I’m so proud of them. The future is bright in the Great Bend volleyball program!”

The girls served at 80% with Braelyn Turner leading the pack by serving 253 times with 138 aces versus 31 errors.  Katherine Mazouch served 205 times this year adding 75 aces with only 40 errors and Tatum Anderson 108 serves with 37 aces.   Jaselyn Werth was fantastic in the backrow as she dug 43 balls followed by Turner with 23, Allie Gerhardt with 15, Heidi Jording 9 and Lainey Smith 5.  Nathalia Gonzalez led the team in blocks with 11 with Anderson having 8 followed by Mazouch and Zoey Mayberry with 1 each.  Before suffering a season ending injury, Kamryn Koelsch had 7 aces and 4 digs.