Under first-year head coach Chris Brown’s watch, the Liberty High School girls volleyball team has been dominant this year. The Lions secured a 20-win season and will now look forward to postseason play.
“I feel like we bought into what he (Brown) brought to the program,” junior Ellie Trimble said. “We did that early and it really helped us be cohesive. From there, we were able to develop in a way that has helped us on the court and off the court.”
The program is having one of its most successful seasons in recent memory, and Brown said the buy-in mentality from his team has played a key role in that success.
“These girls continue to come into practice and work hard, and we get the results that we are looking for,” Brown said.
Despite it being his first year at Liberty, Brown noted that the team has made the transition easy by being easy to work with.
“The girls have been phenomenal to work with,” he said. “It’s a very lighthearted time when we go into practice or go into a game.”
Heading into the season, Brown felt as though the Lions had the talent to compete with the best the state had to offer. He always did his best to relay that to his players.
“Solidify yourself as a top four team in the state,” Brown said. “There are so many great teams in the state, but we want to show that out here in the West Valley we can also make a name for ourselves.”
The Lions have certainly lived up to those expectations as they finished up the regular season. Over the course of the 20-plus wins, Liberty enjoyed two separate nine-game winning streaks during the season.
The team will look to continue their success in the postseason, and Brown and his team will take a day-by-day mentality.
“Now it’s just day by day, game by game, and understanding that each team we will see at state is a solid team,” he said.
Senior Maggie Newbern is firm on the Lions having a real shot to make some noise in the postseason.
“I think this year has been the biggest year we have been in as a team,” she said. “I think we have the team this year to do good and make it far.”
Newbern is not alone in her belief. Sophomore Tristen Raymond said this postseason could yield something special for the Lions.
“We have had some ups and downs, but we have stayed consistent throughout the year, and coming into the postseason, we can make it really far,” Raymond said.