Week 1: SSM Volleyball Recap

Weekly Volleyball Recap
by Jason Langevin

Tuesday, September 12—Away against Christian Life Academy

JV—Lost 2—1

This was our first match of the season and we started game one with some first game jitters. We started to settle in but the deficit of 10 points (16—6) was too much to overcome and lost 25—14.

Game two started out on a completely different note. The team played well and jumped out to a 6—0 lead with solid serving from Hailey Peters '21. The two teams traded points through the middle of the game with us maintaining a 17—12 lead. Emma Politoski '21 had some important points at the service line that led to a 25—19 win.

Third and final game, the race to 15 points. We started out much the same as game one. We played well but the ball wasn’t falling in our favor and were down 9—3. We didn’t give up and kept playing hard and closed the gap 11—10. The final rallies of the game went back and forth with Christian Life coming out on top 15—13.

The team was proud of how they played and knew that not only did they not give up but they played as a team.

Varsity—Lost 3—0

The varsity started out much the same way as the JV did with showing some first game jitters. The team was down 16—6 before we settled down. We played better but could not overcome the large deficit and lost 25—16.

Game two started off with both teams playing well with a constant back and forth play with Christian Life taking an early 11—7 lead. From that point on Christian Life took over the game and kept extending their lead finally winning 25—11.

Game three was much of the same as the first two games. We started slow and Christian Life taking advantage heading to a 20—7 lead. We pulled together and fought hard and outscored the opponent 13—3 to bring the score to 23—20 including a run of five straight serves by Hannah Rahn '19. The rally fell short on the last few plays with the final score being 25—20.

The team was frustrated with how they started each game but again they, like the JV, never gave up.

 

Friday, September 15—Home against Calvin Christian Academy

We will just call these the pressure cooker matches with the gym being hot and humid and the pressure on to improve on Tuesday's play.

JV—Won—2—1

Game one started with us playing different players in some new spots. It took us a little while to get used to the new positions and by that time we were down 16—10. Calvin Christian played very well and finished off the game-winning 25—13.

Game two was a much different than game one. We started out playing strong defense and serving extremely well, including ten straight by Leah Maciejewski '19, taking a 12—1 lead. We continued to play well extending the lead to 23—8 before finishing it off for the 25—14 win.

Third and final game was very similar to Tuesday night’s game three for the JV. The game, being played to 15, started off rocky for us with Calvin taking a large 11—5 lead. The team pulled together and worked hard for every ball and getting the score to 13—11. Calvin went back to serve and we were up to the task and not only got the side out but also served out the game-winning 15—13.

The team met their goal of playing better than before and again played as a team and helped each other by always being positive.

 

Varsity—Won—3—1

Game one was a back and forth affair. Both teams played well at times and neither team really taking over the game but Calvin did take the early lead 15—10. The teams kept trading points with some long rallies and Calvin leading late 21—19. We kept fighting but couldn’t quite pull off the comeback and losing 25—22.

Game two was all SSM. This game was close to start, with both teams trading points and being tied 8—8. We took over the game with a streak of ten straight points while Teagan Langevin '21 was serving, taking a commanding lead of 18—8. We kept up the pressure and finished off the game 25—14.

Game three was similar to game one with rallies going back and forth. We played good defense which in turn gave us a chance to have a strong offensive attack. The game was tied at 11 all when Calvin opened a small lead of 19—14. We stuck together and kept fighting - covering tips, chasing down balls, and serving well to pull the game 21—19. Our fighting spirit never wavered and we finished off the game in style with kills from Emma de Mey '20. 25—23 win.

Game four was the real pressure game, because of the absence of three starters from Tuesday’s game, we were at the nightly game limit for three of the players. This was another back and forth battle with us holding the lead at 15—14. We got the side out and presided to go on 6—2 run and take the late lead at 21—16. We were determined to not let this lead slip away. We not only turned up our defensive play but also brought the heat on offense and finished off the game and match with a 25—19 win.

The team played extremely well with all nine players contributing to the win.

Both teams are now 1—1 on the season and travel North Lakes Academy on Tuesday, September 19 for their only match of the week.