Varsity Volleyball Takes Down Mavericks 3-1

By Hayden Swanson, Sports Editor

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  • Maggie Stout '19 and Abby Gregorczyk '21 block a spiked ball.

  • Macy Prenger '19 prepares for the serve.

  • Abby Gregorczyk '21 and Macy Prenger '19 do their pre-game handshake for good luck.

  • The student section does "Woods Up" on match point.

  • Macy Prenger '19 cheers on her teammates for scoring.

  • The varsity girls celebrate scoring a point.

  • Macy Prenger '19 jumps up for her serve.

  • Kenzie Beckham '21 sets the ball for her teammate.

  • Macy Prenger '19 supports her teammate Maggie Stout '19 for scoring a point.

  • The Lady Warriors stand together during their pregame huddle.

  • Macy Prenger '19 is called out before the game.

  • Abby Gregorczyk '21, Zoe Menendez '20, and Maggie Stout '19 prepare for the opposing team to serve the ball.

  • Abby Gregorczyk '21 and Kenzie Beckham '21 jump up to block the ball from entering their half of the court.

  • Kenzie Beckham '21 sets the ball for teammate Abby Gregorczyk '21.

  • Abi Rucker '20 watches the ball and prepares to make a play.

  • Kenzie Beckham '21 hits the ball to the opposing side in attempt to score a point.

  • Zoe Menendez '20 attacks the ball into the opposing court side.

  • Abby Gregorczyk '21 makes a pass to teammate Zoe Menendez '20.

  • Audrey Quesnel '20 and Kenzie Beckham '21 jump to make a block.

  • Macy Pregner '19 serves the ball.

  • Kenzie Beckham '21 bumps the ball over to the opposing court side.

  • Abi Rucker '20 practices her passes during warm-ups.

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The varsity volleyball team put up a strong defense against McNeil on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and their hard work paid off with a very intense victory, finishing the fourth and final set with a score of 28-26. While they trailed behind McNeil at several points during the game, they managed to overcome them over the course of three sets.

“I’m really proud that the girls were able to pull it together,” head coach Tara Nelson said.  “You know, we were trailing the whole game and we regained the momentum to finish it.”

Faculty night also took place during the game. Teachers were invited to attend and enter into raffles, where they would receive prizes such as coupons for various restaurants.

“This is is always one of my favorite teacher appreciation events because it comes so early in the year, and it gives us a chance to see our kids doing something they love right as school starts,” English teacher Tamra Franklin said. “The volleyball team always treats us so nice they always give us lots of freebies and lots of drawings, so this is one of my very favorite nights of the school year.”

While there were difficulties every once in a while, the team put in their best effort to minimize as many errors as possible, and it definitely showed with their performance.

“I think that the game on tuesday went really well.” Ingrid Stading ‘19 said.  “We really focused on controlling our side, and making less errors, too. We held our energy for the whole game and didn’t let certain things get us down.”

The team played a very strong first two sets, but struggled during the third set to keep up. This would lead to a fourth set, which would then come very close to a fifth set. However, the team was able to finish the game during this set, crushing McNeil’s hopes of victory.

“We definitely executed our game plan, and I think once we got into the third set, McNeil made some adjustments, and some of the things that were working for us for the first two sets weren’t anymore,” Coach Nelson said. “We had to make some adjustments of our own, and so we adjusted our defense. We lost a little bit of momentum in our third set, but I was really proud of how the girls regained that in the fourth set.”

Now, the team prepares to face Cedar Ridge this Friday, Sept. 7, away from home, and will hopefully keep their victorious momentum going.