Reds Volleyball come up with win in a tight game

Five Sets conclude with Reds victory over Platte Valley Broncos

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Jaden Stone, Sports Editor

Reds volleyball came out on top with a five-set win against the Platte Valley Broncos.  Tuesday night, USA theme for the Reds, brought a tough competition into the gym. Back at home, the Reds searched for a way to keep their winning streak alive. Emily Maske (23) said, “I was proud of the way we fought back and finished. There were a couple of runs throughout the game where we could have easily given up, but we continued to motivate and stay positive to end up coming back and winning.” 

It took 5 sets to decide that the Reds would ultimately be the winners of the match after being down two sets to one. 
The first set started with a loss for the Reds 17-25. The slow start didn’t last long though, the Reds took set two with a score of 25-17. The Reds were led by two juniors, Maske and Rylee Martin (23). Maske led the team in kills with 19 in the game followed by Martin who had 10.  

Martin, who is not known for her hitting, also set in the game, she led the Reds collecting 20 assists in the match. Megan St. Jean (22) also had 15 assists in the match following Martin.  

The match was back and forth all game, in the third set, the Reds fell to the Broncos 19-25. They began to mount a comeback, but it was not enough in that set. Set four and five, however, ended in favor of the Reds. Coming back from a 2-1 deficit, the girls snatched set four and five with scores of 25-12 and 15-10. Martin said, “I don’t think going into five sets is ever a problem for us, it is something that we practice and stay ready for. We figured out ways to stay motivated in those tough sets and through our communication we were able to come out on top.” 

Next, Reds Volleyball takes on the Tigers from Sterling on Thursday, September 24.  Martin said, “Sterling is always a good matchup for us, and I think we are all really excited because we are ready to compete.” Back on the road, their opponent is 8-2, not to mention the Tigers are who the Reds took on in the State Championship game last season. Maske said, “Our team is continuing to work on talking and working on different things together.  We are such a solid team skill-wise, but the next level for us is being able to communicate in order to finish sets and matches.”

 

Megan St. Jean (22) tosses the ball up as she serves. (Emily Hogsett)