The Girls Volleyball team (1-1) took Colonial
(0-2) to five sets to defeat them in a 3-2 tiebreaker on Thursday night.
The Mustangs started with an early 8-5 deficit
in the first set before going on a 7-0 run courtesy of kills by sophomore Derionah Abner and senior Nakeria
Henderson. Wekiva never trailed after that point, though a five-point run
by the Grenadiers near the end of the set threatened to reverse the Mustangs'
good fortune before they put it away 25-21.
The second set proved
much more difficult for the Mustangs as Colonial found their rhythm and led
throughout the game, picking up an 18-10 advantage just over halfway through
and holding onto that through the end to win 25-18 and tie the match at 1-1.
But the Mustangs were
not ready to give up just yet. In the third set, the two teams traded the lead
frequently and neither had more than a two-point advantage until the Mustangs
were finally able to force a Grenadier error late in the set to lead 23-18.
Colonial tried to make a comeback happen, but it was too late, and Wekiva was
able to take a 25-22 win to go up 2-1 for the match.
The fourth set was
nearly a repeat of the third, but this time favoring the Grenadiers. Abner and
Henderson continued racking up the kills supported by strong defensive skills
from junior libero Jasmin Zackery who picked up 34 digs on the
night, but after a 21-21 tie, the Mustangs started to tire and Colonial went on
a 4-0 run to tie the match at 2-2 and force a tiebreaker set.
Apparently ready to go
home, the Mustangs finally came out with a truly dominant performance and made
short work of the Grenadiers in the tiebreaker. Henderson opened the set with
an impressive block that set the tone for the rest of the match. After a 7-4
Wekiva advantage to start the set, the unsettled Grenadiers were unable to
control the timing of their attacks on three consecutive rallies, and the
Mustangs responded with an ace, kill, and block to pick up six consecutive
points and seal their fate in a 15-6 victory.
Abner turned in an
exceptionally balanced performance on both sides of the ball, picking up 12
kills, three aces, and 16 digs. Henderson also turned in a very solid
performance with 12 kills and four blocks. Zackery's 34 digs kept the Grenadier
attacks at bay long enough for the Mustangs to secure a victory.
The Mustangs now spend the
next week and a half on the road, traveling to Edgewater on August 30 and West
Orange on September 6 for their first district game. Their next home appearance
will be September 7 vs. Olympia.