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HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: ’Cats do their part

Mountain View volleyball coach Stacey Marsh knew the implications of the Wildcats’ season finale Tuesday against North Stafford.

A win for Mountain View and a victory by Brooke Point over Massaponax would force a three-way tie atop the Conference 15 standings.

A tiebreaker—either a coin flip or drawing of numbers—would then be held today to determine the seeding of next week’s conference tournament, with the top two seeds earning byes.

Marsh alerted her players of the potential scenarios, but she didn’t want them to dwell on that against the Wolverines.

“I told them not to think about it tonight,” Marsh said. “Just go with it and see what happens.”

The Wildcats followed Marsh’s lead.

They dispatched the Wolverines 3–0 (25–12, 25–15, 25–23) in a home match that lasted just one hour.

Brooke Point also earned a win over Massaponax to hand the Panthers their first conference loss of the season.

Brooke Point, Massaponax and Mountain View finished with 4–1 conference records. North Stafford ended at 2–3.

Still, the Wildcats (10–12) were not looking past them Tuesday night.

“We had our own little things to work on,” Marsh said. “But we definitely had winning in mind so we could end the season well.”

It was the final home game for senior co-captains and twins Sarah and Suzanna Weisband.

Sarah recorded seven kills. Suzanna, the Wildcats’ middle blocker, delivered seven blocks and three kills.

Mountain View jumped on the Wolverines early and never looked back.

“When we got a few points on them and got way ahead,” Sarah said, “I think they lost some steam.”

Mountain View kept pushing. Suzanna said the Wildcats have been working on better communication on its back row and it paid off Tuesday. The Wildcats were also solid defensively.

“I wasn’t expecting us to play as well as we did on defense,” Suzanna said. “But we’ve been working on it lately and it showed throughout the game.”

North Stafford was led by Ebonie Hicks’ eight digs, three kills and two blocks.

The Wolverines were playing without senior standout outside hitter Alexandra Sosik, who suffered a season-ending leg injury last week.

North Stafford coach Emily Dudenhefer said the Wolverines, who will be the No. 4 seed in the six-team conference tournament, are mostly looking forward to next year.

The conference tournament starts Monday at the home of the higher seeds. The semifinals and finals will be held at Massaponax, beginning next Wednesday.

“We’ll see how that goes,” Dudenhefer said of the conference tournament. “Losing [Sosik] hurts a lot. We have a lot of juniors on our team so we’ll just build and get ready for next year.”

 

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

 

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