By Jenna Borrelli '16
On Thursday, October 15, 2015, Fontbonne’s Varsity Volleyball Team crushed Saint Francis Prep once again. This game not only added to the team’s current undefeated season, 7-0, but it was also an important day for the seniors as their last home game. Head captain, Francesca Castellano ’16, experienced mixed emotions by the end of their victory. She said “it felt great beating Saint Francis Prep because of the ongoing rivalry, but at the same time it was so sad knowing that was my last time playing in the Fontbonne Gym." The other head captain, Emily Greenstein ‘16, also underwent similar feelings. Greenstein explains “I’ve been playing volleyball with these same six girls since our middle school team, and now our high school team...definitely an emotional game."
Most of the seniors had the same mindset as Castellano and Greenstein during that game, but the gloomy thoughts didn’t hold back our girls. They won all three of their games to twenty-five against Saint Francis Prep with no trouble. As Fontbonne’s Varsity Volleyball Team conquered the court that Thursday afternoon, they also introduced a new Senior Day tradition.
Every year, as one of the several Senior Day traditions, the Fontbonne mothers spend hours of their time creating a poster for their daughter, decorating it with glitter, ribbons, stickers, and sentimental photos. The photos used date back to each players freshman year season, sophomore year season, junior year season, up to their current senior year season. Since the personalized poster was primarily each mother’s contribution, the newly created tradition involved each players father. After Coach Linda presented each Saint Francis Prep senior with a single rose, honoring their hard work and dedication to their school team, the Fontbonne fathers honored their own daughters extraordinary skills. The Fontbonne fathers surprised their little girls by presenting them with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. After, each mother joined in so a family photo could be captured. The varsity team hopes this newly added tradition continues to be carried out for future Senior Days. Bryn Nagel ‘16, varsity setter, loved the idea of bringing a new tradition to the team. She said “Fontbonne has always revolved around traditions, that’s what makes us a family and I know the fathers loved giving out the flower bouquet just as much as we did receiving it."
After several happy tears were shed and many photos were taken, the favored traditions of the night awaited. Naturally, the best traditions were saved for last, sweet treats and gifts. After the three games were played and the opposing team shuffled out of Fontbonne’s gymnasium, the girls and their families enjoyed baked goods and fresh pizza. While the players were stuffing their faces, the final Senior Day tradition was carried out shortly after. The parents recognized the senior players by creating customized Fontbonne Varsity Volleyball sweatshirts with each girl’s last name and number on the back. By the end of the event every senior volleyball player left with hundreds of teary eyed photos, satisfied stomachs, and another victory for the count.
Senior members of the varsity volleyball team pose with their Senior Day posters.