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The KO Girls Varsity Volleyball team took on the Suffield Academy Tigers in what turned out to be a spectacular victory for the Wyverns in their first 5-set match (26-24, 25-22, 23-25, 15-25, 15-6).
The first set was truly a nail-biter with the score inching into extra points, but the Wyverns established a solid lead and offensive momentum in the set. Kata Mesterhazy ‘23 had aggressive tips, unshakeable blocks, and timely hits from the middle. Early on, there was an unstoppable 1-2 punch combo between Jill Plaut ‘23 setting and co-captain Keira Sullivan ‘23 and Ava Cashman ‘24 hitting from the outside, which really gave the team the confidence to stay in the game offensively. Jillian Alexander ‘24 brought sharp-angled hits from the right side, and we ended the set with confident serving from Linsday Bailey ‘22 during some very tense moments.
The second set tested the team, due to excellent serving from Suffield, and the Wyverns were forced to claw back from a deficit to take the set. Co-captain Mackenzie Caruso ‘22 made thoughtful setting choices to put our hitters in the optimal positions, and they took advantage of those opportunities to turn the tide of the set. We ended the set with Allie Arcaro ‘22 making some clutch serves to keep the opponent out of offensive positions.
The third set was full of long, tense points where each team was looking for an opening to take the lead. KO once again climbed back from a deficit with well-timed hitting from Quin Kearney ‘23 on the right side and a momentum changing block from Mesterhazy in the middle of the set, but ultimately Suffield won out the final points to take the match into a fourth set.
The fourth set was a moment for the Wyverns to regroup and work through some scrappy plays from both teams. Though we weren’t able to close the gap that Suffield established in the middle of the set, KO was ready to reverse the momentum in the fifth set.
In the fifth set, some encouraging words from KO’s captains and from Coach McDonald fired up the team for a determined, non-stop offensive showcase. Our offense was back in swing with hit after hit from Sullivan and Cashman on the outside, which only emboldened the rest of the team to go all out in the final stretch of points. Bailey took the helm at the net, with aggressive net decisions and a show-stopping block that sealed the deal for the match.
This was our biggest test against a well-matched opponent, and the Wyverns were ecstatic to prove their mettle and take their first 5-set win. We hope to continue the winning streak against Marianapolis on 10/6!
KO: 3 – Suffield Academy: 2
Location: Hewett Gymnasium – Hewett – Hewett Gym
Win- KO: 3 - Suffield Academy: 2