The Volleyball Side Out: Episode 2

Special thanks to head coach Jason Langevin for providing this volleyball update!

The Volleyball Side out

Avail Academy—Thursday, Sept. 26

The JV had a tough task in this match. The team put forth a solid effort but were overmatched in all aspects from start to finish. Set one started out close with Avail taking a 2—1, then 7—5 lead. We tied it at 8—8, but Avail scored the next eight points and never looked back winning 25—11.  Avail never gave us a chance to get anything started in the second set. We made a couple of good plays but, unfortunately, they were not enough to spark our offense. Avail took the match winning 2—0.

Varsity was not as well prepared for this match as we would have liked. Avail is a good team and was a tough test for us last year and this year would be no different. The first set was back and forth with Avail taking a small 11—8 lead before going on a five-point run to take a 16—9 advantage. We exchanged points for the remainder of the set and lost 25—15. We struggled with serve receive and passing in general in this set.

We played better in set two and fought hard throughout the entire set. It was tied 8—8 when Avail took a slim two-point lead at 11—9. We countered with a 6-point run with Maddi Politoski ‘20 serving and then a five-point run with Mac Karon ‘21 serving to take a 20—13 lead. Avail made us work for our last five points, but we were able to hold strong for a 25—20 win. We had some strong net play by Emma Politoski ‘21 to help us keep our momentum during this set.

Set three was a back and forth battle through the first 16 points making it a tie at 8—8. Avail then took the next eight points taking a lead they would never relinquish. The team never gave up and made Avail work for every point, but we just could not overcome the large margin winning 25—18.

Set four was not much of a fight. We took a 4—0 lead but it was all downhill from there. The set was tied 5—5, 8—8, and 9—9 before Avail took a small lead at 12—11 and extending it to 17—12. We never scored another point after that. We struggled in every aspect of the game and just could not overcome our own mistakes losing the set 25—12 and the match 3—1.

Pink Out/Senior Night vs. MSAD—Thursday, Oct. 3

This was our night to not only celebrate our lone senior, Maddi Politoski ‘20, but to show how well we can play as a team. We came out flat but played well enough to keep it even at 12—12. We never looked back from that point on. We put pressure on MSAD with our serving by Mac Karon ‘21, Elena VanHaren ‘23, Emma Politoski ’21, and Teagan Langevin ‘21. Our offense was on point with some great net play by Maddi Politoski ‘20 and Hailey Peters ‘21. We finished set one with an ace serve for the 25—15 win.

We kept our foot on the gas in set two and never gave MSAD a chance to find their rhythm. We started the set with a six-point run (we had three of these in the set) and never looked back. We had leads of 6—1, 9—3, 15—4, and 21—6. We finished off the set continuing to play as a team winning 25—8.

Set three was almost identical to set two. We had runs of eight, six, six, and four points. Strong serving by Mac Karon ‘21 gave us the 8—1 lead. Emma Politoski ‘21 continued where Mac left off giving us a 15—3 lead with four ace serves. Teagan Langevin ’21  took over the serving for another run and increase the lead to 21—5. Every player contributed to the 25—8 win and the match win of 3—0.

Looking ahead, the team travels to Immanuel Lutheran in Mankato on Thursday, October 10 for the last match of the season.