Michael Mates

Student Sports Information Director - Bishop Chatard

Picture courtesy of @TROJANS2019

The Bishop Chatard volleyball team has endured a rigorous schedule thus far, which has helped unite them as a team and come together as one unit.

The Lady Trojans are led by three seniors: Beth Barnes, Kate Bosley, and Mea Weybright. These seniors provide leadership and model the importance of a unified team.

Outside hitter Kate Bosley has been playing volleyball since second grade. She attributes some of her lasting friendships to her time playing volleyball.

“I love the people on the team,” said Bosley. “There are only three seniors this year so it has really given me a chance to grow closer with some of the underclassmen, who have become some of my best friends.”

The tight-knit team is 2-2 in the Circle City Conference. They lost their conference opener to Roncalli in three straight sets but have responded with grit and perseverance. Guerin Catholic was a tough test for the Lady Trojans; however, they won in a five-set match. After the Trojans lost the first set against first-year conference foe, Covenant Christian, they ultimately came back to win in a four-game match. They lost their most recent match with state runner-up Brebeuf in straight sets.

Senior Beth Barnes, a two-sport athlete, runs track and plays middle hitter for the Bishop Chatard volleyball team. Her teammates think very highly of her and value her determination.

Bosley said, “Beth is really mentally tough and is very determined. When she sets her mind on something, nothing is going to stop her.”

Although being a multi-sport athlete is difficult, Barnes has been able to maintain a sense of balance.

“I have been playing volleyball and running since freshman year,” Barnes said. “I think the fact that one is a fall sport and the other is a spring sport makes it easy to manage the two. When volleyball ends, I don’t have to rush to get into race shape. Volleyball gets me into a routine of balancing school and social life which then carries on into track.”

Barnes enjoys both sports, but has excelled in track. She ran in three events during the State Finals, breaking school records in two. Barnes ran the 4x4 relay with Sydney Ragsdale, Katie Dietrick, and Amelia Dessauer. The group dismantled a school record with a time of 3:54.16. Barnes also ran in the 100 meter hurdles posting a 14.96. In the 300 meter hurdles, she broke her own school record and won the first female individual state championship at Chatard.

Teammate Sydney Ragsdale said, “Beth takes her heart and puts it into everything.”

Barnes was overcome with a whirlwind of emotions after crossing the finish line in the 300-meter hurdles.

“When I crossed the finish line at state last year, I was overjoyed, in disbelief, and relieved all at the same time,” Barnes recalled. “I knew I could win, but when it happened, I couldn’t believe it. I felt relief because I was thinking about the race the whole week prior, so I was relieved knowing that I wouldn’t have to think about it anymore.”

Most multi-sport athletes have a favorite sport and Barnes is no different.

“Both sports have their ups and downs, but I like track better. I like how the hard work directly shows in races. Plus, I love the team aspect of track,” said Barnes. “Most people see it as an individual sport, but to win meets or relays you have to have teammates. Relay members all have the same goal, and it feels great when it is accomplished.”

Barnes and her volleyball teammates will be continuing their Circle City Conference play with their final conference match of 2018 against Heritage Christian on Thursday night at Bishop Chatard. The winner will earn third place for the season.