Huskies unable to rebound off slow start fall to Mustangs, 0-3

The girls varsity volleyball team was swept in their Tuesday night dual against Blue Valley North (12-25, 23-25, 19-25) on Tuesday Sept. 22.


The Varsity volleyball team huddles together at the game against BVN.

Jack Bensing , National Editor

Due to a slow start in the first set, the Huskies were unable to compete, with the Mustangs jumping out to a 9-3 lead early. After the run by the Mustangs, Blue Valley Northwest never came within six points again in set one and dropped the first set 12-25. Head coach Molly Haggerty attributed the rough beginning to the team’s troubles passing on offense.

“If we can’t get our passing going, it’s really hard to get anything going on offense,” Haggerty said.

Adding on to Haggerty’s point about passing, Senior Delaney Granholm said it was a “mental game” at the start. She identified slow starts as something the team has been trying to improve on.

“[The tough start] is a pattern we typically have,” Granholm said. “Something we have been focusing on is getting past that.”

Luckily for the Huskies, they came significantly closer to winning the remaining sets. In set two, the Huskies were able to gain an advantage from the Mustang errors. Haggerty said capitalizing on BVN’s mistakes was key to the Huskies tying the score on several different occasions in the second set and keeping the round competitive.

“This is a game about minimizing errors and capitalizing when another team makes errors,” Haggerty said. “North made errors in that game and they didn’t make errors on the other two [sets].”

Both Haggerty and Granholm summed up the game as having positive moments. The high points, Haggerty said, are something she hopes to put together in future matchups to get the desired outcome.

“We’re definitely a team that’s still trying to string together our lineup and what the best mix of kids out on the floor is,” Haggerty said. “I’m looking to string those good moments together more often so we start to see better outcomes.”

The varsity volleyball team’s next performance is a triangular against Blue Valley Southwest and Blue Valley West scheduled for Saturday, September 26 at BVNW