Senior night for the girls’ varsity volleyball team ended with defeat on Oct. 21, as the Yellow Jackets faced off against the Brawley Wild Cats.

However, even in the midst of the home team’s loss, spirits still remained upbeat while the girls celebrated the team’s three seniors days before the last home match.

Nicole Slick, the girls’ varsity volleyball head coach, said, “While senior night didn’t give us the win we wanted, it was a memorable moment for not only myself, but our team. It marks the end of a season and we got to celebrate the seniors who have given so many of us fountains of knowledge.”

Celebrating the dynamic trio of Kelsey Armenta, Emily Phelps and Zoey Robinson, fans and staff cheered and shouted from the bleachers as each student-athlete was escorted down to center court by their proud and beloved parents.

Receiving flowers, balloons and other small gifts to commemorate their years of hard work and striking contributions to the team, Slick shared how each athlete added value to her team.

“Kelsey Armenta, Zoey Robinson and Emily Phelps have brought so much energy, humor, and sass to this diverse group of young women. (…) Kelsey’s kindness and willingness to help everyone is awe-inspiring. Zoey’s vivaciousness helps us all gain confidence and has pushed me as a coach. Emily’s huge personality has put a smile on everyone’s face, even when we were losing. Without them, we wouldn’t be whole in some silly way.”

Although the team fell short of winning the match against Brawley, Slick was very proud of her Yellow Jackets and the positive changes the girls have made since their first debut on the court.

Developing a stronger line of communication for setting and completing passes across the net, the varsity volleyball team fought point for point as they regrouped after each set and switched to opposite sides.

However, falling short of enough points to win at least a set against the Brawley Wild Cats, the regional rivalry decked out in royal blue and gold carried the lead in all three sets and eventually won the game; set one (25-13), two: (25-7) and three: (25-17).

The 2019 Yellow Jacket’s varsity volleyball team holds a 1-16 overall record and 0-10 in league. The playoffs for girls’ volleyball will continue throughout the week, with hopes that our team can pull off a great strategy.

Palo Verde Unified School District would like to thank each of our departing seniors for being an asset to our program and to our school.

Likewise, Slick shares: “These girls were my first seniors to leave PVHS, but they will always have a special place in my heart. I couldn’t be more proud of the way they put it all out on the court. And yes, I teared up a little bit during the ceremony.”

While the Yellow Jacket family hates to see you all go, PVUSD wishes you the best in your future endeavors.

Emily Phelps is the 17-year-old daughter of James Phelps and the step-daughter of Lauren Ray. After graduation, Phelps plans to move out of Blythe and become a nurse or a veterinarian.

Kelsey Armenta is the 16-year-old daughter of Sammy Armenta and Kelly Hartman. After graduation, Armenta plans to attend a 4-year university and major in kinesiology.

Zoey Robinson is the 17-year-old daughter of Shawn Robinson. After graduation, Robinson will attend Palo Verde College (PVC) for two years and transfer to a university.


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