By: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Manchester Girls Volleyball team defeated the East Jackson Trojans on Oct. 2 in consecutive sets, keeping their first-place lead in the Cascades Conference.
Manchester (25-5, 25-12, 25-7) made quick work of the Trojans as they remain in first place in the Cascades conference with zero losses. Over the weekend, Manchester went 1-3-1 at a tournament in Saline, not something the team is used to being ranked No. 4 in Division III for most of the season.
Despite the rough tournament, head coach Trisca Beasley talked to The Sun Times about the positives the team took away from that weekend.
“We were getting a bit too up there thinking we were all that good and we didn’t have anything to do to improve,” said Beasley. “It was good for the girls to see we’ve got some things to still work on. We can play with the best of them. I think it’s good for them to see we gotta get focused first and then we can play with really good teams.”
As Manchester gears up for another postseason run, they will be doing so with the addition of junior Taylor Psarouthakis, who has missed most of the season with an injury. Beasley talked about the impact that Psarouthakis will be able to make and how she plans to use her.
“She’s our tallest player so to have our tallest player back is great,” said Beasley. “I will be using her on the right side. I wanted to interchange her on the center and right side and work with the three in our front line mixing it up, but with limited time (with the injury) I want her to focus on the right side going up against a good outside hitter.”
Barring any stumbles, late in the season, Manchester will enter the conference tournament as the one seed, Hanover-Horton as the two, and Vandercook Lake as the third. The Cascades tournament will take place on Oct. 25.
District play begins on Oct. 30.