Sports Briefs

The Bishop LeBlond volleyball team fell short in its effort to upset Maryville after losing 2-1 on Thursday night at home.

The Golden Eagles came out strong and they scored the first three points in the first set, showing the Spoofhounds it was not going to be an easy win.

The first set would then take a back-and-forth feel as neither team was able to take a big lead. LeBlond then took control as they ended the first set on a 5-0 run and took set one by a score of 25-19.

Maryville then woke up in the second set as they came out with a 9-1 run. After a timeout by LeBlond, they countered with an 11-0 to take a 12-9 lead.

That would be the last strong run by LeBlond as Maryville would go on a tear and win set two by a score of 25-14 and force a set three.

The first two sets appeared to get the better of LeBlond as the Golden Eagles were unable to get any momentum going. Maryville controlled the entire third set and defeated LeBlond 25-9 to win the game.

Maryville junior Serena Sundell was excited her team was able to come back, but was disappointed with the energy they had in the first set.

“We definitely came out slow for the first set,” Sundell said. “I don’t think we were ready to go. We have to work on keeping our energy high because when we have energy, everything flows better.”

On the other side, LeBlond head coach Kimberly Huss knows her team has to play fundamentally sound, especially when competing against a bigger school. Huss believes they got away from that in the second and third sets.

“We know that one of the things we don’t have is the big tall hitters we were facing on the other side,” Huss said. “Our game has to be very defensive, we have to pass very well, we have to serve tough and we have to take our points were we can get them. We just hit this mental wall where we weren’t able to control the passing and it got the better of us.”

While the outcome was not what LeBLond wanted, Huss believes they have shown the ability to compete against the bigger schools. They are now 3-1 on the season and have only played one other Class 1 team.

“I think they’ve proven that they can compete,” Huss said. “I’ve got six great seniors and we have a really nice group of players. We are having a lot of fun and we know the sky is the limit. Now that we’re Class 1 we know we can play with these big schools and get better and be successful by the end of the season.”

Maryville moves to 5-0 on the young season and already are thinking bigger. Sundell shared how the team feels after a strong start.

“It’s very exciting,” Sundell said. “Coach (Miranda Foster) has goals for us to be in the final four at the end of the year and having a start like this is really encouraging.”

Chris Tenpenny can be reached at chris.tenpenny@newspressnow.com.