Blue Angels volleyball struggles in match against Alverno

Mount Mary Katie Edwards, junior, and Phoenix Hulsey, freshman, <br>battle to keep the ball in play on Saturday evening.</br>

Photo by DENISE SEYFER
Katie Edwards, junior, and Phoenix Hulsey, freshman, battle to keep the ball in play on Saturday evening’s game.

By DENISE SEYFER

Mount Mary University volleyball lost its match against rival Alverno College Inferno on Saturday, September 28. The Blue Angels losing streak advances to 0-12.

The girls, however, continue to fight.

“Every game there is a hunger for the win,” said freshman Andrea Roell who sets for Mount Mary. “We’re hitting the milestones and we know the win will come.”

The Blue Angels struggled to get their offensive game started as the Alverno Inferno’s strong serves and well-placed kills forced Mount Mary to sprawl onto the floor.

The Blue Angels lost the first game 25-9.

The second game of the match started stronger with the Blue Angels using the “bump, set, spike strategy” more effectively to score some initial points. Their run was short-lived as the Inferno blazed past them with a 13-4 lead before a time-out was called.

Alverno won the second game 25-8.

The Blue Angels held their heads high and took the lead in the third game with stronger serves and teamwork.

“The team is mostly freshmen working through their nerves,” said Kelsey Peterson, second year Mount Mary volleyball coach.

Teammates Sarah Wishau and Andrea Roell spiked the ball, but both were blocked at the net as they tried to stop a points run by Alverno.

Mount Mary Blue Angels fought back to tie the Inferno in the first 24 points despite some powerful kills by Alverno’s Emily Ortner, a sophomore, who plays outside hitter.

The Blue Angels were pulled out of positions on defense, which led to the Inferno taking the lead for the remainder of the game. The Inferno beat Mount Mary with a final score of 25-17.

Juniors, Sarah Wishau and Katie Edwards wait to block the return from Alverno.

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Juniors, Sarah Wishau and Katie Edwards wait to block the return from Alverno.

According to Coach Peterson, the team walked onto the floor and played the third game with more confidence. She hopes to see her team become more aggressive for the hit rather than just driving the ball to keep it in play. Peterson also looks forward to their next game on Wednesday evening against Rockford.

“We are going to work on being consistent and confident,” Peterson said.

Tim Edwards, father of Mount Mary volleyball player Katie Edwards, also acknowledged the team’s struggles and successes.

“The girls are younger and many didn’t play [volleyball] in high school,” Edwards said. “I haven’t seen them quit yet.”

For more game statistics and a schedule of game times visit Mount Mary’s new athletic website.

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