Special thanks to head coach Jason Langevin for providing this volleyball update!
The Volleyball Side Out
It’s an exciting start to the 2019-2020 school year and volleyball season. We have seventeen players between this year’s junior varsity and varsity teams. With ten returners, the team has a strong core with some newly added depth on both teams.
The start of the year was practice, practice, and practice some more. This was a great opportunity for the team to get to know each other as well as understand their placement on the court. The team worked hard and made every effort to improve each day. The returning players helped those that were new to the game by showing them different skills such as serving, passing, and hitting. Each day the players were transforming from individuals to a team.
MSAD Tournament—Saturday, Sept. 15
With a shortened varsity roster, we headed into the MSAD Volleyball Tournament. This was the first match of the year for the varsity team and it showed. The team struggled at times just getting used to the pace of an actual match as opposed to practice. Overall, it was a good first match with more positives than negatives including the final scores of 25—17 and 25—21.
Our second match of the day was against Glenville, which is a small town directly south of Faribault on the Minnesota/Iowa border. This was a match to forget. We struggled in every aspect of the game for both sets, losing 14—25 and 9—25.
Our third match of the tournament was against the Kansas School for the Deaf. The first set we struggled with consistency again but had enough mental toughness to take the win 26—24. In the second set, we returned to form and cruised to a 25—10 victory.
The team ended the day 2—1 - good enough for second place. The players learned valuable lessons about communication and bringing energy to the court. Overall, the team played well for the first time as a team on the court and we are moving in a positive direction.
Immanuel Lutheran—Thursday, Sept. 19
Wow was it hot and humid in Johnson Gymnasium. It was so hot even the floor was sweating.
JV took the court first with focus and determination. The first game was a back and forth battle through the first ten points. The team turned up the pressure with some strong serving by Teresa Salazar ‘23, Meta VanGilder ’23, and Elena VanHaren ‘23 taking a small lead 11—8 and then expanding it to an easy 25—15 win.
Game two started out like game one with the teams trading points until it was 5—5. Again, some great serves by Elena gave the team a 10—5 lead. The team continued to pass and communicate well throughout the course of the game cruising to a 25—14 win to take the match.
The varsity team was ready for game time. They took the court in game one and never let Immanuel Lutheran find a rhythm. After giving up the first point of the match, the team turned up the heat even more in the gym to take a commanding 9—1 lead on serves by Michaela Karon ‘21. In the blink of the eye, it was 15—2 off serves by Shelbi Guttormson ‘21 in route to a 25—11 victory. There were many highlights in the game, but consistency was the name of this game with everyone getting into the action and making plays.
Game two was a repeat of game one, starting off with an 8—1 lead and continuing to increase the lead with every service opportunity. The team played very well and continued to put pressure on Immanuel Lutheran in every aspect of the game - serving, attacking, and defense. There was some great net play by Emma Politoski ‘21 that helped stifle the Immanuel offense.
Game three was a whole different ballgame. For how well the team played in games one and two, we struggled with consistency for most of this game. Immanuel built a three-point lead early that we just could not make up. The team pulled together towards the end and made a run to tie the game at 24 but Immanuel prevailed with the final two points winning 26—24.
Game four was our game without a doubt. The team played very well together the entire game. Getting great passes from our back row player Maddi Politoski ‘20 which lead to our setters being able to distribute the ball to anyone. We hand strong net play again by Emma, Shelbi, and Hathaway Heart ‘21 as well as some outstanding defense from Maddi and Hailey Peters ‘21. We controlled the pace of this game and slid into a 25—14 victory taking the match-three games to one.
Thursday, September 26 at home against Avail Academy with JV starting at 5:45 and varsity following at 6:45.
PINK OUT/SENIOR NIGHT, Thursday, October 3 against MSAD starting at 5:30(varsity only)