Volleyball Update Week of Sept. 25—30.
by Jason Langevin
Tuesday, September 26 home vs. Math and Science Academy
JV—Lost 2—1 Record 2—2
Another slow start for JV led to an eight-point deficit that we just couldn’t overcome. Once we warmed up, we played well but could only pull to within five points, losing the first game 25—20.
Game two started out the same as game one, except we only gave up six points to start. We turned up the intensity and started passing and moving better. We fought back to get it to 9—7 and finally tied it up at 18 all. After trading a couple points, we pulled ahead for a 25—22 win.
Game three started with us taking a 6—2 lead. Math and Science Academy came back to make it 6—5. From that point on, each team traded points back and forth with neither team taking advantage of their service opportunities. We did have chances towards the end serving at 13—11, 14—12, 15—15, 16—16 before finally losing 18—16.
Math and Science Academy’s JV was the best team we had faced up to this point and we had our opportunities to win. A disappointing loss, but the team came together and kept their fighting spirit throughout the majority of the match.
Varsity—Lost 3—2 Record 2—2
We never got anything going in game one and built a huge deficit that we could not get out of. We struggled with serve-receive throughout the game and could not run our offense effectively. We lost 25—11.
Game two was a much different game. We passed really well, played solid defense, and served effectively. We took a small lead at 7—5 and kept increasing the lead from that point until we finished off the game, winning 25—13.
Game three was a real battle. Both teams played well, getting key side outs and never giving the other team a chance to extend a lead past three. We played well together and were able to find just enough offense to offset their defense with some key kills by Hannah Rahn '19 towards the end of the game. We won 25—19.
Game four was much like game three - both teams playing well with some great effort to keep rallies alive. Solid defense with some impressive offense was the story of this game. Unfortunately, we couldn’t quite get over some serve-receive mistakes in the middle of the game and again at the end of the game, losing 25—20.
The fifth and final game was a back and forth battle with each team playing well at times and taking advantage of the others mistakes. In the end, we again struggled with serve-receive and gave up the last three points to lose the game and match 15—12.
This was one of the top two teams in the conference and we had many opportunities to win the match, but the Math and Science Academy played a little bit cleaner game than we did and that was the difference.
Friday, September 29 away vs. Nova Classical Academy
JV—Lost 2—0 Record 2—3
In game one, we started like normal with low energy and without much communication. After getting a side out to be down by two (9—7), the flow of the game shifted to Nova and we were never in the game after that. They went on runs of six, three, and three points to open up a 24—12 lead and a side out later, the game was over.
Game two was much of the same, great serving by Nova as well as great defense. We were never in this game. After three rotations, we were down 13—5 and the deficit just ballooned after that, losing by the same score as game one - 25—12.
Varsity—Lost 3—0 Record 2—3
This match was all about serve-receive and they outshined us all night.
Game one was close to start, and after a side out to be down 8—6, Nova went on an eleven point run to put this game out of reach, winning 25—10.
Game two was identical to game one with us continuing to struggle with serve-receive and giving up large runs - the game was basically over before we had made three rotations on the floor. We lost by the same score as game one, 25—10.
If games one and two were a struggle, game three was even worse. We truly could not serve-receive, which lead to many free passed balls over the net to Nova and they ran their offense with precision. We gave up a nine-point run at the beginning of the game to be down 10—1. After two more side outs each, we gave up another run of four points and then a run of seven points to end the game 25—7.
Nova has not lost a single game and is the number one team in the conference for a reason. SSM stuck together but we could not overcome our own mistakes - especially in the serve-receive area.
Saturday, September 30 MSAD Homecoming Tournament
Match one vs Minnesota Academy for the Deaf
A new day and a new beginning. We took control of game one with a side out at 10—10 and never let them serve again winning 25—10.
In game two, the team worked together and showed the type of effort they have had all year closing out the match with a 25—12 win.
The team played their game and passed extremely well and took advantage of the quality passes with an outstanding offensive display.
Match two vs. Arkansas School for the Deaf
We continued to roll in our second match of the tournament. We took the energy that we built during the first match and there was no doubt we were going to win. Keeping Arkansas on their heels with our offense, we put them away with a strong serving game, winning 25—12.
Game two was all SSM. When Emma de Mey '20 stepped up to the line to serve at 11—3, there was no stopping us. Thirteen straight points and the game was out of hand and a side out later it was over with a dominant 25—4 win.
This week was a learning experience for both the JV and Varsity. We faced some of the best competition we will see all year and did well against one of the teams, but found out what happens when you make mistakes against good teams. We took our lumps but came back at the end of the week to play our type of volleyball, which is based on quality passing, to get back in the win column.
At this point in the season, we are sitting in fifth place in Division One of the TCAC. We have two more conference matches and then the conference tournament.
Tuesday, October 3—Away against Community of Peace Academy (5:00 and 6:30)
Thursday, October 5—Home against Hmong College Prep. Academy. (5:00 and 6:30)
This is our last home game and is both Senior night and a “Pink Out” for breast cancer awareness month.
Saturday, October 14—TCAC Conference Tournament at Bethel College in St. Paul