Mississinawa Valley volleyball falls to Covington in playoffs

Mississinawa Valley volleyball falls to Covington in playoffs

By Drew Terhall


ARCANUM — The ninth seeded Woman Blackhawks had their season come to an finish on Oct. 16 within the Division IV Southwest Sectional Match as they have been bounced out of the playoffs by the tenth seed Covington 3-0.

Head coach Nancy Whitted mentioned this crew was one of many higher teams she has labored with. They simply performed out of kinds on this match.

“Most likely among the finest teams that I’ve ever labored with,” Whitted mentioned. “Actually wasn’t them tonight. It’s not what I’ve seen them do earlier than. Often they arrive scratching and crawling again.”

It was an in depth set to begin out the match. In the course of the first set, it was tied 17-17. Each groups couldn’t seize management of the set. The serving of the Woman Buccs offered the spark they wanted to win the set.

Covington went on a 8-2 run to win the primary set, 25-19.

The second set began out shut as properly. However this time, Covington grabbed a 14-11 lead early. As soon as they have been in a position to get a sizeable lead, they’d run with set.

Mississinawa Valley did all they might to attempt to achieve their footing. The Woman Blackhawks have been in a position to over energy the Woman Buccs protection at occasions, however couldn’t string collectively a run.

Covington received the second set, 25-18.

The momentum Covington created shifted into the third set. They’d an 18-9 lead over Mississinawa Valley and appeared like they’d cruise to a simple win.

The Woman Blackhawks have been in a position to present some battle as they began to string collectively a run. The offense was in a position to be extra constant and the protection was in a position to hold the ball up.

Covington shrugged off the Mississinawa Valley run and closed out the set, 25-17, to finish the sweep. The Woman Blackhawks may solely grasp in for therefore lengthy earlier than the Covington offense began to get right into a rhythm.

The loss marks the tip of three seniors’ volleyball careers. Brenna Value, Makenna Guillozet and Kenzea Townsend all performed their final volleyball recreation for Mississinawa Valley.

Whitted mentioned these three gamers are going to be missed by her and this system.

“All three are key gamers, they have been this yr. Positively going to overlook them for positive, their management and their expertise are going to be missed,” Whitted mentioned.

The majority of the crew will return. A lot of the returnees are sophomores and one freshman in comparison with the three juniors returning.

Whitted mentioned there will probably be time to determine what the roster will seem like subsequent yr. However, the crew can have some youth filling in at some key positions.

“I’ve lots of sophomores and juniors which might be coming again. However lots of sophomores. Most likely going to have possibly a freshman or two on the varsity crew,” Whitted mentioned.

Mississinawa Valley ends the 2023 season with a 15-8 report and an 8-3 convention report.

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