September 20, 2017 10:41 PM
(ABC 6 News)- The Hayfield Vikings volleyball team has yet to make a state tournament appearance but despite this, they are not a team who lacks talent.
The Vikings are the number-three ranked team in Class A and that’s because of their two senior captains, setter Maggie Streightiff and outside hitter Carrie Rutledge, who have been on the varsity team since they were freshman.
"We played together for so long and I just think we connect very well, we pick each other up," Carrie Rutledge said.
"They do everything for their teammates, they're just really good supportive teammates and captains this year,” Head Coach Jeremy Struck said."
“He pushes us and he is a great coach,” Rutledge said. “All three of our coaches push us to become the best player that we can be.”
The two well-rounded athletes have played volleyball, basketball, and softball together since they were children.
"Being a three sport athlete you definitely have to have dedication because you’re busy all the time so you really have to dedicate yourself to the sports, (because) it’s basically your life,” Streightiff said. "There are definitely some advantages to being a three sport athlete,” Streightiff added.
One advantage was an athletic ability for Streightiff, who recently surpassed her older sister's career set assist record of 1,821, reaching 1,833 set assists.
"I knew last year (I was close to her record) but I honestly had no clue this year so when I broke it I was really surprised,” Streightiff said.
Rutledge leads the team as well, being this year’s top scorer.
"I guess it just kind of happened,” Rutledge said. “We just go out every game and you just play to win.”
Being the top scorer was not a goal in her mind. Both say there is a reason behind their talent.
“I honestly think just having our mom's be coaches from when we were little and having them help us and Maggie's sister, Molly,” Rutledge said.
Both of their mothers were volleyball coaches for Hayfield public schools. Streightiff’s mother coached Junior Varsity and the Freshman team at Hayfield High School.
However, the Vikings currently stand at 9-1 and the feel this could be the year to make their first state tournament appearance.
We definitely have to have the competitive edge every game no matter what the team is like, we have to bring the same things to every game,” Streightiff said.
"(We have to bring) intensity and just wanting to win,” Rutledge said.
With it being their last year playing volleyball at Hayfield, they want to give it their all for a chance to make it to state. However this won’t be the end of volleyball for Streightiff. The record-setter has verbally committed to continue playing volleyball at Upper Iowa University, joining former Rochester Mayo outside hitter, Anna Winter.
Updated: September 20, 2017 10:41 PM
Created: September 20, 2017 09:15 PM
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