Volleyball Update Week of Sept. 18--22
by Jason Langevin
Tuesday, September 19—Away against North Lakes Academy
JV—Won—2—1 Record 2—1
Game one we started out flat with not a much energy or communication. We struggled to put things together but luckily played well enough to stay in the game and not get behind by too large of a deficit. After one full rotation, we were only down 11—8. We went on a small run to take the lead at 13—11. It was a back and forth battle until we started serving down 19—17. At this point, we scored the next six points off Emma Politoski '21 serves to take the lead 22—19. North Lakes tied it at 22 all but we again pulled together and finished the game by scoring the final three points and winning 25—22.
Game two was much the same as game one. Both teams trading points back and forth with ties at 4—4, 6—6, 9—9, 16—16 and 20—20. North Lakes made the only run of the game at the very end to win it 25—23.
Game three was all Sabre volleyball with Hailey Peters '21 taking a 2—1 lead and extending it to a 9—1 lead with quality serves and good defense by the rest of the team including some great passes by Maddi Politoski '20. We never looked back from that point and completed the game and match with a 15—8 win.
The team really rallied around each other after the slow start in game one to again play very well as a team. Every member of the team contributed to this team win.
Varsity—Won—3—0 Record 2—1
Game one was intense! We started flat but turned up the intensity after a couple of points into the game. This game was close throughout with side out scores of 3—3, 4—4, 7—5, 11—11, 15—14, 18—18, 21—20 and then 25—21 us for the victory. There were many good defensive plays by the team. Piper Hill '22 had many great serve receive passes that lead to strong offensive plays with a number of kills by Hannah Rahn '19 and Emma de Mey '20.
Game two started out just like game one with both teams trading points until a side out with us up 7—5. We then went on a five-point run with Hannah Rahn '19 serving to take a 12—5 lead. After another side out to give us the ball back at 13—6, Piper Hill '22 went back and served seven straight points to give us a commanding 20—6 lead. During those two runs, we had a number of plays running down errant passes and some great communication on sets and defensive coverage. We closed out the game with a kill by Hannah Rahn '19 for a final score of 25—10.
Game three we just kept rolling with the energy and intensity that we used in game two. After a side out at 4—4, Emma de Mey '20 stepped to the service line and never left until the final point was recorded for a dominant 25—4 game and match win. Emma served 21 points of which 18 were ace serves.
The team really came together during this match and in particular during game one. We found our groove and never let North Lakes take charge of the game. We were determined to win and focused on our side of the net both offensively and defensively.
Looking ahead for the week of September 25—30.
Tuesday, Sept. 26—Home against Math and Science Academy (5:00 and 6:30 p.m.)
Friday, Sept. 29—Away against Nova Classical Academy (5:00 and 6:30 p.m.)
Saturday, Sept. 30—Tournament at MSAD against MSAD (9 a.m.) and Arkansas SD (10 a.m.)