| 2 min. read | by: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org |
The Dexter Dreadnaught girls volleyball team (28-8) saw their season come to a close on Nov. 7 in the district semifinals against the Saline Hornets.
Heading into the match, the Dreads knew it was a tall task. They had seen the Hornets twice, losing both contests. Once to start the season and the second to end it. The second matchup, the season finale for the Dreads, was used to prepare for the district semifinal matchup they knew was coming.
The Hornets firepower proved to be too much as they swept the Dreads in straight sets (25-17, 25-13, 25-18).
In the first set, the Hornets jumped out to a 10-2 lead. The Dreads would make a late push but the early lead proved to be too much to overcome as they dropped the first set 17-25.
The second set saw the teams’ trade kills early on, a kill by Dread Hanna Quinn tied it at five with Avery Goodrich, Cami Fischer, and Quinn LaFontaine also picking up early kills.
After trading points into the mid-teens, the Hornets began to pull away and took a 2-0 lead with a 25-13 win in the second set.
Another late Dread push late in the set would come up short as the Hornets completed the sweep with the 25-18 victory on a block from Emma Rig.
Coming into this season, some saw this season as an opportunity for a down year after the Dreads graduated a lot of their offensive firepower. This team responded by going 28-8 and earning the fourth straight SEC White league title.
Dread head coach Liz Melvin said she would remember the four seniors; Ashley Haralson, Quinn LaFontaine, Kaitlin DeLacy, and Sydney Bussineau, for the leadership and energy they brought this year.
“I love this group,” said Melvin. “The amount of passion they brought to our program, not just our varsity team but to our program, is going to leave its mark. This is the first year I really felt I had a squad that played together, fought for each other, trusted each other, and I know it sounds corny, but loved each other. It was those four seniors setting that standard and I’ll remember that.”
On the bright side, the Dreads return a majority of their roster and leaders like Eleanor King and Livvy Mellifont and Melvin is excited to see what this young group has next year.
Photos by Lynne Beauchamp