Varsity Volleyball Decimates McNeil Mavericks 3-0

By Ian Drerup, Reporter

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  • The Lady Warriors raise their arms in their pre-game ritual. The Lady Warriors played the McNeil Mavericks in the Dig Pink game which raised money for breast cancer research.

  • Kenzie Beckham '21 sets the ball into the air for Audrey Quesnel '20 to hit over the net for the Mavericks. The play ended with Quesnel scoring the point.

  • Kenzie Beckham '21 bumps the ball into the air. Beckham is the setter for the varsity team.

  • Audrey Quesnel '20 hits the ball to the Mavericks blockers. The play ended with McNeil scoring a point.

  • Juniors Kenzie Beckham and Abby Gregorczyk stand alongside seniors Maddie Gillispie and Abi Rucker before McNeil serves the ball. The Lady Warriors wear pink scrunchies as a symbol of breast cancer awareness.

  • Seniors Audrey Quesnel and Zoe Menendez jump to block the ball. Quesnel and Menendez were successful in blocking the ball and the play ended with the Lady Warriors socking a point.

  • Abby Gregorczyk '21 hits the ball into the air while Audrey Quesnel '20 prepares to jump and hit it over the net. Through their teamwork, Gregorczyk and Quesnel score a point.

  • Audrey Quesnel '20 and Kenzie Beckham '21 celebrate after scoring a point. The point scored went towards their third set win over the Mavericks.

  • Abby Gregorczyk '21 kneels down in preparation to bump the ball. This point scored by Gregorczyk, aided the third set win.

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The varsity volleyball team took on the McNeil Mavericks on Friday, Oct. 4 for the second time this year and won once again 3-0. Along with the game, the school hosted a raffle for Dig Pink day, and all proceeds went to support breast cancer awareness.

“This was our second round playing them so we watched film and adjusted to what we did last time, and practiced,” middle blocker Audrey Quesnel ‘20 said. 

The Warriors started strong with outside hitter Peyton Ferree ‘22 scoring a point after diving to save the ball. Quesnel spiked the ball right at the net, surprising the Mavericks and gaining another point, but McNeil began to catch up. The Warriors didn’t let them get ahead though and won the set 25-21. 

“I thought my hitting was really good; I hit the shots I was told to. We did a scouting report on McNeil to find the shots that would work,” outside hitter Abby Gregorczyk ‘21 said. “My defense was really scrappy; I made a few errors, but I feel that overall I played really well.”

For the majority of the second set, the Warriors had almost twice as many points as the Mavericks. Setter Kenzie Beckham ‘21 sent the ball into an empty spot in the Mavericks defense and got a point. The Warriors won the set 25-15 when the Mavericks failed a serve. 

“I think once we worked really hard and came together as a team we had them, it was really good and a lot of fun to watch and to play,” middle blocker Madeleine Shrull ‘21 said. 

Right side hitter Zoe Menendez ‘20 started the last set with a point, which was followed by five more in a row. Gregorczyk gained the Warriors another point with a powerful hit, and Shrull made the winning shot with a spike right at the net, winning the set 25-19. 

The Warriors will take on the Hendrickson Hawks next on Tuesday, Oct. 5.