Friday, September 19, 2014

MIDD Loses Close One in Home Opener

Union was a very tough opponent on Tuesday night in our opening home match of the 2014 season.  A year ago we had a very similar match, however, it's just that we ended with a win then, so it felt different.  The match was a roller coaster in many ways.  We dug ourselves huge holes, then fought back to tie the score in at least two of the sets, but just couldn't quite pull out the game winning points.  The game we won, we won by a convincing 7 points, and each game we lost, we lost by two points.  Very frustrating, but we also showed a lot of grit to fight back after 8+ point deficits, so that was a positive for the night. 

Alice and Olivia set the tone with 16, and 15 kills apiece, and Alice and Mel led the way with hitter percentages of .302, and .368 respectively.  We had great offensive balance with Piper having 9 kills, and Mel and Emily both adding 8.  Hannah did a great job spreading out the offense and was second in digs behind libero Lizzy for a balanced game.  Eliana saw her first action of the season and scored her first of many huge blocks to come!

We are actually starting to put some things together, so we're looking forward to steady progression throughout the season.  That's the goal.  Our Southern Vermont match was cancelled last night due to lack of healthy bodies for the opponent, so now we're looking forward to our first NESCAC match against Bates tomorrow night here at home!  GO MIDD!!

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