Varsity volleyball defeats Bishop Miege and Gardner Edgerton

Cameron Hamm, Writer

After competing toe-to-toe with both Gardner Edgerton and Bishop Miege, the BVNW girls varsity volleyball team emerged victorious, winning both their matches.

The first set of the match against the Gardner Edgerton Trailblazers featured the Huskies claiming point after point, gaining an early lead that the team never surrendered. BVNW’s fluidity and coordination as team was an integral part of the team’s 25-12 win in the first set.

However, the second set featured BVNW quite unlike the one seen in the first set. BVNW was uncoordinated as a team, unable to score points and prone to mistakes. BVNW fell behind early on and were never able to catch up to Gardner Edgerton. The Trailblazers took advantage of BVNW’s poor play, winning the second set 22-25, Gardner Edgerton.

Due to the tie of the previous sets, the final set would determine the winner. Senior Adeline Ellis set the tone of the set with two aggressive spikes, putting BVNW in the lead. The crowd in the stands grew ecstatic as the Huskies battled against the Trailblazers at the net, setting up several key plays that gave BVNW a lead on the scoreboard. The team’s consistency and momentum saw a revival in the last set; BVNW finished the set 25-17, winning the match.

Senior Lauren Gensch said the team did a much better job of closing the block and serving. Head coach Molly Haggerty agreed by saying that the team did a much better job blocking, after practicing the move for several weeks during practice.

“[Blocking] definitely had a huge impact in that game,” Haggerty said. “Whenever you start blocking some balls you start making the other team second guess their shots. We were able to turn some of their attacks into free balls and were able to get a kill out of it.”

Haggerty said the team’s struggle throughout the second set is something she has seen often this season. She explained that the varsity team has new players this year who are still trying to figure out their roles on the team.

“Just trying to get into a rhythm is a big thing, when you’ve got good plays happening it’s really easy to have momentum and get excited,” Haggerty said. “When things aren’t flowing very well it’s kind of hard to get into that rhythm.”

BVNW returned to the court after short break to square off against the Bishop Miege Stags. The team was able to replicate their win from the last match, winning two sets in a row 25-14 and 25-23.

BVNW’s potential at becoming a superior team gives the team high hopes for the season; Haggerty said the team has many goals.

“We definitely want to make it back to state,” Haggerty said. “We want to get over 30 wins and want to be in the top three teams in the EKL. We just want to be better at the end of the season than how we started at the beginning.”