Whippet Spotlight: West Volleyball Libero Bella Terra (’23)


West Volleyball Parent

Hooray! Bella Terra (’23) and her teammates celebrate after getting the point in a close match against Upper Merion. (Photo courtesy of a West Volleyball parent)

Maddie McCole, Staff Reporter

After having a very successful previous season, Downingtown West volleyball had big shoes to fill this year. After a rough start to the season, these girls eventually rallied and went from the tenth seed to the fifth! An interview with libero and captain Bella Terra (’23) shows her outlook on the season and her experience with West volleyball throughout her four years.

WEST SIDE BEAT: What are your thoughts on the season so far?
BELLA TERRA: The 2022 West volleyball season has been one of our best seasons yet! All of the girls are really coming together and working well as a team. We are prevailing through the playoffs and have a chance to make it into the state tournament for the second year in a row. Roll, West!

WSB: What are your plans after high school?
BT: After high school, I plan on playing volleyball for Stevenson University and majoring in Elementary Education.

WSB: Being a libero, what would you say your role is on the court?
BT: As a libero, I believe that my main roles are being the most reliable defensive player as well as bringing leadership to the court, not to mention it’s always fun to pump up my teammates and get loud!

WSB: As a senior, what is one thing you will never forget about your West volleyball experience?
BT: Looking back on all of the amazing experiences that DWest volleyball has offered me, there are a handful I will never forget! During my freshman season, we were the first JV team to ever beat Bishop Shanahan. As a junior, we had the winningest record of 18-2 and made it to the first round of the state tournament. This year, we were the first-ever volleyball team to beat Shanahan in four sets at their own gym! Hopefully we can make this season even more memorable by making it to states once more.

Terra’s crucial role as a libero has shaped West volleyball, and it would not be the same without her. She is known to be the loudest and most uplifting person on and off the court. As Terra finishes up her volleyball career at Downingtown West, her permanent mark will forever be left.