by Calli Newberry
In their first home game of the season, the Marysville volleyball team faced conference foe Grosse Pointe South on Thursday night. The fans were loud and the players were louder after each hotly-contested point. It was an intense back-and-forth battle as the Vikings ultimately fell to the Blue Devils, 2-3.
Both teams started off with a few missed serves and several failed returns, but the Blue Devils soon took control of the game, 6-5. The Vikings rallied back to steal a 9-6 lead that forced Grosse Pointe South to call timeout.
Marysville led 20-17 later in that first set, but it quickly became tied at 20. Soon the Vikings trailed 22-23 and it was their turn to call timeout. They returned to the court with focus and grit as they came back to save the set and seal their victory.
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That set the tone for the remainder of the match, as the teams went into five sets, most of which were narrowly won: 25-23, 25-18, 18-25, 23-25, 5-15.
It was 17-17 in the second set when the Vikings took off with a spark of confidence that led them to their 25-18 win. But the momentum faded as roles reversed. Marysville trailed for most of the third set, and at one point it was 14-23.
With four sophomores on the court and a nine-point deficit, it looked as though the Blue Devils would run away with their first set win. And although they did just that, the Vikings narrowed the gap on a four-point rally to make it 18-25.
Now at 2-1, the Vikings had to rally back to take the match. It took them a while to regain their composure as they trailed 7-12 to start, but that soon turned into 14-14, which later became 20-20. With no clear winner in sight, Grosse Pointe South got the edge it needed to defeat the Vikings 25-23 to tie the match at two.
From there, the Vikings failed to comeback as the fifth and final set got out to a 2-6 deficit before they called timeout. They mustered a few more points before the Blue Devils scored the 15 needed points to win it all.
Senior middle blocker Grace Schweihofer and sophomore Rayna Powers led the Marysville offense with a combined 19 kills. Schweihofer was 9-16 (.500) and Powers was 10-32 (.188). Sophomore setter Avery Woodard had 34 digs and 16 assists, while junior libero Kara Miller and sophomore outside hitter Avery Wolters added 22 and 21 digs, respectively.
The Vikings will travel to Notre Dame Prep for a quad match on Tuesday, Sept. 14, before their next conference game against Grosse Pointe North on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m.