Photo by: Blake Nissen
Senior year is filled with many firsts and lasts. For seven Comets, the game versus McCauley was their last time playing volleyball on their home court with “Mason” on their backs.
On October 12, players and coaches recognized seven seniors and thanked them for their dedication to Mason volleyball. These seniors then captained the team to a straight set win over McCauley, 25-20, 25-13 and 25-15.
According to head coach Tiann Myer, the program will miss the seniors’ positive attitudes and strong friendships.
“I think one of the things we’ll miss from them is the fact that there’s absolutely no arguing,” Myer said. “It’s truly a bunch of girls that care about each other, and that’ll be something that we’ll miss.”
After every tear had been shed, the Comets took to the court with the intention of adding another “W” to their 16-4 record. In the opening set, Mason took an early lead with the efforts of their all-senior lineup. A kill by Ellie Bruns and block by Leah Heffelfinger forced McCauley to take an early timeout, Comets up 10-4. McCauley proved to be a tough opponent after scoring six consecutive points, but Mason began to pull away after a block by Heffelfinger and sophomore Anna Brinkmann. An error by McCauley allowed Mason to claim its first set 25-20.
Myer said the effort by her seniors was a good one and that she enjoyed watching them on the court together.
“I think our seniors came out very ready tonight,” Myer said. “They came out very very up on their game, and they played amazing. So, it was great seeing them all get to play, and it was just super fun to watch them.”
The Comets opened the second set with an ace by senior Emily Malsch, setting the tone for the rest of the game. Despite a few errors, the girls maintained their lead throughout the set and won 25-13. Again, the Comets took an early 9-2 lead in the third set. After a dropped ball and consecutive scores by McCauley, the gap was lessened to 14-12, but McCauley was unable to hold onto the momentum and made costly errors. Mason took advantage of the opportunity with three consecutive kills by freshman Maggie King. McCauley handed Mason the victory after making two errors, allowing the Comets to win the third and final set 25-15.
Myer said her team played well and remained aggressive throughout the match.
“Overall, the entire team play great,” Myer said. “A little up and down, but we’ve kind of been like that all season, but they really went after it.”
Last night was the team’s last match at home, but there is still post-season to be played. Now aware of their matchups, Myer said it will be imperative that they focus and prepare for their final opponent in regular season, Oak Hills, and their first opponent in post-season, Withrow.
“We’re going to have to be very focused and ready for it,” Myer said. “We just have to go in and take each day one at a time, practice, and focus on our next opponent.”