By: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chelsea Bulldog Volleyball season came to an end on Oct. 30 as the Bulldogs fell to the Northwest Mounties, 3-1.
Chelsea, 23-25, 16-25, 25-19, 25-21, fought all night but couldn’t overcome the Mounties in the district quarterfinals.
Chelsea trailed 14-11 early in the first, before calling a timeout. They rallied before the Mounties answered to make the score 20-16. Chelsea outscored the Mounties 5-1 during the next stretch to tie it at 21, on a kill from senior Madeleine Kennedy.
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The two teams traded points to tie at 23, but the Mounties scored the last two to take the opening set.
After a key run later in the second set the Mounties took set two, 25-16.
In the third set, Chelsea came out strong with an early 9-3 lead. They never trailed and took the third set 25-19.
“I think ultimately it came down to us playing as a team and communication,” said Chelsea first-year head coach Erin Dillon. “The girls were vibing that third set. Our response to adversity was just a bit slower after that, we just couldn’t get back on the horse.”
“After the second match we broke down as a team and said we have to play basics,” added Dillon. “Go back to fundamentals and play us. Play as a team and just have fun.”
In the fourth set, the teams were tied at 12 early, but the Mounties made another late push, they took a 17-12 lead before a Chelsea timeout. Chelsea would tie it at 18 before the Mounties rattled off three straights to take a 21-18 lead. The Mounties outscored Chelsea 4-3 to end Chelsea’s season.
After the game, Dillon talked with her team extensively, thanking them for making her first year as a head coach something to remember.
“Really for me, the message was of gratitude,” said Dillon. “My first season as varsity coach and having the ability to come in and coach such a great group of girls. I felt extremely grateful for how accepting they were of me. I really wanted to express how wonderful they were this season and how I’ll never forget this season with them.”
This article will be updated with stats and pictures.