Roller coaster game ends in defeat


Maleah Brown

John Jameson, hitter, and Forrest Nettles, hitter, land after their block attempt during the game against Northwest, April 15.

The Boys Varsity Volleyball Team hosted the Parkway South Patriots and after winning set one, fell in sets two and three, losing 2-1, April 17.

The Wildcats scored the first four points of the game, jumping on top early, 4-0.

“I think the biggest thing was that we were focused,” Kyle Woodard, hitter, said. “We were all there mentally.”

After the Patriots pulled back into the game in the middle of the first set, the Wildcats stretched their lead back out at the end of the first, winning, 25-20.

“We were able to get a few kills and a couple aces,” Mr. Greg Curran, head coach, said. “We limited our mistakes in the first set.”

The Wildcats started the second similarly to the first, jumping out to a 10-7 lead, prompting a timeout by the Patriots.

After the timeout, Parkway South tied the game at 11. 

“We just started making more mistakes,” Woodard said. “We missed some serves, and we made too many errors.”

The roller coaster of a game inverted after the Wildcats got back on top 18-12 only to allow the Patriots to storm back, going on a 13-3 run to win the second set, 25-21.

“It was the exact same rotation that allowed the run after the timeout,” Coach Curran said. “We were our own worst enemies.”

Parkway South kept the streak they started at the end of the second going early in the third, jumping out to an early four point lead, 9-5.

“Our team wasn’t really in sync early in the third,” John Jameson, hitter, said. “We were playing as individuals and not as a team.”

The roller coaster’s intensity ramped up in the middle of the third as the Wildcats tied the game up at 15 apiece, setting up for a whirlwind of a finish.

“When the game gets close we don’t always handle the game well,” Coach Curran said. “We’re a pretty young team, and we’ll get better.”

The roller coaster dropped one final time with the Wildcats losing the third and final set, 25-21.

With the loss the team drops to a 5-8-0 record heading into their next game on the road at Fox, April 24.