The Mossville Junior High seventh-grade volleyball team won the Marquette Heights Georgetown Regional Feb. 29 by taking down the host school, 25-12, 25-12.
“They have been exceeding my expectations as far as passing the ball, setting and killing,” coach Beth Applen said.
“They have been doing remarkably well and playing great.”
Sarah Brinks dominated the Marquette Heights defense and led the team with 12 points in the game. Kaelyn Wiley played unselfishly and set teammates up with chances to score as she racked up six set assists. Maggie Schaub added another three set assists.
Schaub also struck fear into the opposition by leading the Warriors with five kills.
To get to the championship game, the Warriors had a bye in the first round and then beat Dunlap Middle School, 25-11, 25-23.
“They came out strong and were super pumped and ready,” Applen said. “Then I think they thought they had the game won and had to step it up in the end. They did an excellent job against the pressure and never gave up.”
Wiley played like a true team player against Dunlap and created eight set assists for the game. Brinks dominated her foes with strong serves to score 14 points.
Kacie Orr kept the Warriors in the driver’s seat by shooting seven kills across the net.
The team was scheduled to play in the Farmington Sectional Monday against Havana.
“We have to play as a team, talk to each other and communicate,” Applen said. “We also need to keep serving well because when we serve like we are capable of, we are unstoppable.”
If the team wins, the Warriors will play at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at Assumption in the first round of State.
“They have been doing awesome,” Applen said. “Coming into the first part of the season it was a little rough because of serving. They then worked on their serving and have been playing great. We have won 15 games in a row.”
The team entered Monday’s game with a record of 17-4.
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