Girls’ volleyball: Tight-knit Vikings hang on to beat Sunapee

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Sunapee on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Sunapee on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Sunapee on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Sunapee on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Sunapee on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Sunapee on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Sunapee on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Sunapee on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Sunapee on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Sunapee on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Sunapee on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Sunapee on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Sunapee on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Sunapee on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Sunapee on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/8/2019 11:40:02 AM

Despite sporadic lapses in intensity, the tight-knit Mascenic girls’ volleyball team came together to put Sunapee away in four sets Monday night.

“It’s mental toughness that we have to work on, a lot,” said senior captain Molly Rines after the game. “When we play down, it’s really hard to lift us back up, but we persevere every time, so I think we’re good.” 

The Lakers came out strong with an assortment of short servers who caught the Vikings on their heels in the first set, which went back and forth before Mascenic adjusted to Sunapee’s serving strategy.

“Being able to be a little flexible during the game on our strategy was a good thing,” said head coach Karen Gibson. 

Mascenic won the first set and found a ten-point separation in the second, and it briefly appeared that the Vikings would put the Lakers away with ease. Up two sets to none, Mascenic found themselves in a battle in the third, as both teams fought to 24-all and alternated ties and lead changes before the Lakers won 29-27 on an illegal hit call. 

The fourth set was uncharted territory for the Vikings, who haven’t played a game yet this season – win or lose – that went more than three sets. Even though they got there via dropped balls and a handful of mental errors, Gibson said she viewed the fourth set experience as a positive. 

“We need to be able to play more than three sets at the end of the season,” Gibson said, as there won’t be many playoff matchups won by lopsided scores, and the Vikings need to be ready. “Good technique, still using proper form, staying disciplined, all those things, when you start getting tired and you’ve done this over and over, it’s easy to get lazy. It’s hard to emulate that in practice.”

Mascenic was up for the extra action.

“It’s tiring,” Rines said, “but the adrenaline just pushes you through...We were excited for the challenge.”

The Vikings buckled down and broke the Lakers’ serves, with Rines (25 successful serve receives), Annika Martel (21 successful serve receives) and Elizabeth Spaulding (13 successful serve receives) putting in work. As the receivers got the ball up, Jaden Horrocks got in position, and the flyin’ Hawaiian setter (12 assists) put the ball up for Martel (eight kills), Spaulding (four kills) and Kylie Millea, who had three kills and an invaluable presence at the net. 

Mascenic took the fourth set and the 3-1 victory, their second straight and fifth out of six, to improve to 7-3. The Vikings have a busy week upcoming, hosting Trinity (3-8) Wednesday and traveling to Newfound (6-2) Thursday. Mascenic still has some work to do to compete with the upper-echelon teams, with a showdown against currently undefeated No. 1 Inter-Lakes (11-0) looming, but the Vikings showed they belong by snapping Campbell’s undefeated streak last Monday and beating them again Friday. 

The team’s identity, as they head down the stretch toward the postseason, is their faith in each other, Rines said.

“We really bond,” Rines said. “We’re a team that gets along a lot, we’re all very close and we have a great time playing. There’s no individual winning, it’s all as a team.”




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