Mill Valley sweeps volleyball triangular
The Mill Valley volleyball team hosted its first and only home meet of the season Tuesday when it welcomed two league opponents Perry-Lecompton and Santa Fe Trail.
The Jaguars, however, weren't very gracious hosts as they managed to sweep the night beating SFT in the first match and PLHS in the second.
"It was a very good night for us," MVHS coach David Beach said. "Especially in the league standings."
The two wins move MVHS's record to 7-4 on the season, but by no means did they come easy.
In the first match, the Jags jumped out early with a 15-7 win. Then, as they have done so many times this season, the Jags came out flat in the second game of the match. SFT won the second game 15-12 and that forced a third and decisive game. In the third, MVHS fell behind 10-1 and it looked as if it had let the match slip away. But then, Beach's club responded, reeling off a 15-1 run to win the game and the match.
"They showed a lot of heart to be able to come back in that third game," Beach said. "A few hitting errors from Santa Fe Trail really helped us and we just chipped away a point at a time to get back in it."
In the second match, the Jaguars again jumped out to a large lead and ran through the first game against Perry-Lecompton without really breaking a sweat. Junior Ellie Gundelfinger managed to put away four kills, and senior Mindy DeGroot up seven of the 15 points to lead the Jags to a game one victory.
In the second game, MVHS again came out flat and fell behind 9-5, but Beach rallied his troops and the girls said they dug down deep to win the second game of the Perry match because they did not want to play another third game.
"For some reason, after we win game one, we just think we're going to win game two and we kind of let down," DeGroot said. "Once we're down it's hard to get back up because we're a team that feeds off of intensity."
The Jaguars went on to win the second game 16-14 and Gundelfinger said she thought it was because the team is starting to gel.
The meet was the first for the Jaguars since Sept. 18, when they went 2-1 at a Basehor-Linwood High School quadrangular. Mill Valley will next travel to Ottawa to play in a tournament this Saturday. The tournament begins at 8 a.m.