LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Maryville volleyball’s most successful season in 10 years reached an end in the Class 3 sectionals round on Saturday.
The Spoofhounds were swept by Pleasant Hill 25-23, 25-18 at St. Michael the Archangel High School. It was the first time Maryville appeared in sectionals since 2009.
“We just did not play our best,” Maryville coach Miranda Foster said. “That was by far our biggest freak out in a game.”
After losing the first set, Maryville came out strong in the second game. Then, a change in momentum happened as the Spoofhounds gave up 12 unanswered points.
Signs of a dominant Roosters run began to show after a point that appeared to go in Maryville’s direction was ruled to be out against the Spoofhounds.
Foster admits the call shouldn’t have been anything for Maryville to dwindle upon.
“It’s tough whenever you’re rolling in a specific direction,” Foster said. “If we think there is an unjust call it doesn’t help, but we still got to be resilient and be able to put points on our side.
The Spoofhounds put up just 10 more points after the Roosters’ run and fell 25-18.
“I think it’s just a mental game,” Foster said. “Physically we had capabilities where we were able to compete and beat that type of team.”
Their loss marked the end of Maryville’s first season under the leadership of Foster. It was not the outcome expected the former Northwest Missouri State standout and graduate assistant expected this year.
The Spoofhounds last appeared in sectionals in 2009. That season, Maryville finished as the fourth best team in Class 2.
“I had really high expectations,” Foster said. “It’s awesome, because that’s the farthest we’ve come since 2009, but I don’t want to disequate us to 2009. I think this team could’ve gone to the Final Four. It’s tough to see that dispitate before your eyes.”
Foster noted the experiences gained could be something to build upon next season. The Spoofhounds graduate just four, and could potentially have seven seniors in 2020.