We finished second in our pool and crossed over to play Bloomington South. This match was much more exciting and fun to be a part of because the girls played with a lot of energy, emotion and determination. They wanted to avenge last year’s 2 point loss in set 3 and were well on the way of doing that, but our lack of experience led to a little bit of panic in a pressure situation, so the result was the same as last year- we lost by 2 in set 3.
After a long break, we weren’t sure what to expect. We hadn’t played to our full potential all day, and if we repeated that against a potential sectional opponent, we could have been walked all over. However, the girls stepped up and brought their “A-Game.” We came out strong in all areas in set one. In set two, we made too many mental mistakes that ended up costing us the game. But they rebounded and put up a big fight in set three. We were up 14-11, but couldn’t hang on long enough to get that final point. Bloomington South ended the match on a 5-0 run to take the match.
All in all, it wasn’t the greatest tournament, but we ended on a strong note and hopefully proved to ourselves that we can play (and beat) our sectional opponents. We have a long way to go, but that match alone was a step in the right direction for this group.
Varsity is now 7-4 on the season.
Stats can be found at: https://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/east-central-trojans-(st-leon,in)/volleyball/stats.htm