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Fast hands, faster eyes: Wildcat volleyball's foundation focus earns a win in hard battle with Patriots | Photo gallery
The Mount Si varsity volleyball team found the strength to overcome early struggles against a physical Liberty team and battle to a hard-fought win last night, Wednesday, Oct. 2.
Team leader Lindsay Carr got the final kill for 15 points in the last, fifth round at home against the Patriots.
The team had lost the first two sets, 24-26, 16-25, before the Wildcats focused hard on serve receive and their own service, and upset the Patriots, going 25-16, 25-20, 15-9 in the final series.
"In the last two games, we homed in on it," Carr told the Record. "That's really what it comes down to…. It's basically the foundation. Once that picks up, everything else comes with it."
Stats-wise, Carr was the boss with 22 kills, 25 digs, and a block, with junior outside hitter Anna McCreadie a powerhouse with 19 kills, four assists, an ace, seven digs and three blocks.
Sophomore hitter and middle blocker Haley Holmberg had two kills, one assist, four aces and 15 digs, junior Liz Larson had a kill, an ace, 10 digs and a block, and junior Kaitlyn Van Cise had 11 assists, an ace, two digs.
The specialists got a chance to hone their roles. Junior libero Jenn Rogers had 21 digs on the night and served well. Senior Fabiola Reyes, a defensive specialist and libero on the JV roster, also swapped in a bunch to serve and grow experience.
"She came in and did her job," said Carr.
"It was tough," said Reyes. "I needed a positive mind."
Freshman Courtney Carr, Lindsay's sister, also came in and performed as a setter, clocking 24 assists and getting four digs.
Lindsay was also working defense, her palms shrieking on the boards as she dived for plunging balls.
It's all about the "eye work," explains Carr. "You watch the ball. It's like instinct," knowing when to drive.
"We had a struggle, but came together as a team and pulled it out," said Rogers, who praised Carr's direct way of leadership and communication.
A defensive specialist, Rogers is honing her eye work, making sure she reacts, "seeing where the ball is coming from, getting it into the middle and off the net."
"Today, we worked good as a team," said Holmberg. "We struggled in the beginning. From here, we go on up."
"We just needed to side out, focus on our side and not worry about what the other side is doing," she said. In the huddle, "We were telling each other to pick it up, keep your minds up and not get in a rut. We need to keep up our energy."
"We have potential," says Reyes. "We have the talent." Now, it's about "communication, and being focused on what we need to do."
Mount Si is now 5-2 in league, 9-5 overall.
Mount Si hosts Juanita, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7. The Wildcats visit Interlake on Wednesday, Oct. 9, and visit Sammamish on Monday, Oct. 14. Game time is 7 p.m.
Follow the team at http://mountsivolleyball.com/.
The Mount Si girls celebrate a hard-fought point in the third match.
Haley Holmberg and Liz Larson react to a set in the first round.
Haley Holmberg in service.
Mount Si's Anna McCreadie in service.
Senior DS Fabiola Reyes at service.
Katie Larson, a Mount Si outside hitter/defensive specialist, at service.
Kaitlyn Van Cise, a junior specialist, at service.
Jenn Rogers, Mount Si libero, at service, above and below.
Junior Liz Larson goes into a dig on a Patriot serve.
Freshman Sophie Click in service, above and below.
Above and below, Lindsay Carr on defense.