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Vikings bumped out of playoffs

  • The Mascenic volleyball team hosted Belmont on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic volleyball team hosted Belmont on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic volleyball team hosted Belmont on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic volleyball team hosted Belmont on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic volleyball team hosted Belmont on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic volleyball team hosted Belmont on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 12:27PM

The Vikings nearly pulled off an epic comeback against Belmont, but Mascenic’s playoff run ended with a home upset.

“I thought we’d go deeper, I really did,” said head coach Missy Salo after No. 11 Belmont eliminated No. 6 Mascenic in five thrilling games Thursday night.

The Vikings came out “confident - not cocky,” Salo said, and perhaps it was nerves that had them sailing serves well past the end line and allowing the Red Raiders to take the first game. After getting into a little trouble in the second game, strong serving by Jaden Horrocks and Elizabeth Spaulding got the Vikings back on the right track, but they’d ultimately collapse and give up that game as well to go down 2-0.

“It's almost like one little seed comes in and they self-doubt, and it just trickles down from there,” Salo said.

Mascenic roared back in the third and fourth games, winning both, and they took a lead in the final frame as well, to the point that the Vikings’ fan section started up a “2-0 lead!” chant, hoping for a comeback reminiscent of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl win over Atlanta.

But it was not to be. The Vikings, up four in the final game, let Belmont back in it, and the Red Raiders reeled off four straight points of their own to win the game and upset Mascenic on their home court.

“It just stinks when you have a game almost in the bag, four points left, it's tough,” Salo said.

Mascenic made a season-high 17 service errors on the night.

While the loss may have been an upset, the mere fact that the Vikings were a higher seed spoke to how much Mascenic overachieved despite losing their all-around best player before the season even started. A strong core of seniors helped the Vikings get to the postseason, and their contributions were noted.

“My seniors are going to be sorely missed,” Salo said. “They go all out. They're the ones with drenched jerseys, never let anything drop, go for everything. They're going to be sorely missed. They're an incredible group of girls. I wanted it for them, I really did.”