After more than two weeks without a volleyball game, WHS was glad to get back on the floor.
And Tuesday was the day that would happen, as WHS took on 10-2 Evansville North at the Hatchet House.
Unfortunately, WHS (2-4) would fall 25-13, 25-18, and 25-19 in its return to the court, but it also gave WHS coach Brett Matteson a glimpse of the team he would be taking into the post-season.
“North is a top 15 team and are probably going to make a good run out of there. They’re a solid opponent and they have answers for everything. They have answers at every position, and they’re aggressive the whole time and they don’t ever stop coming,” said Matteson.
“I thought there were there were a lot of moments in that game where we were the aggressor though, and we’ve just got to convince ourselves that we can be that team all the time.
“We have all our girls back now, but these are the things that we’re dealing with during COVID. You know it’s not going to stop coming. You’re just going to keep fighting. You know, staying on that court together and building that trust and that confidence in each other will happen. Knowing where everyone is on the floor is part of that. There were a lot of moments tonight where we were just simply out of position, and that’s the kind of stuff over the next month we’re going to get cleaned up and we’re gonna be ready to roll.”
Because of the long layoff, the Hatchets will have just six practices, but 20 game dates left in the season.
“What’s great about our schedule right now, we’ve got a lot of games to prove that we’re that good team. We have a road game on Thursday and then six straight home matches.”
The Huskies came out on fire and took a 7-0 lead to start the game before WHS called a timeout. North extended it to 10-0 before senior Ellie Reed picked up a block/kill for Washington’s first point.
WHS picked up four of the next five points, along with Kencia Levasseur adding a kill, as WHS cut it to 6-14.
Senior Brianna James was productive from the service line, also cutting it to 9-16, but North ripped off the next five points to make it 21-9. Alaina Thorne added a pair of kills for WHS, but North picked up the 25-13 win.
Thorne had a kill to make 2-1 and 4-1 in game 2, giving WHS its first lead of the night. WHS pushed it to 7-3, but North brought it back to 7-7. The lead see-sawed back and forth before the Huskies made it 13-10. WHS took a time out, down 12-16, but North came out and quickly moved out to 21-14.
Freshman Kenna Garland added an ace and Thorne added a block/kill to make it 17-22, and eventually the 25-18 win to take a 2-0 lead.
Garland and Thorne combined on a block/kill to make it 2-1 and they rolled out to a 5-1 lead in game 3. The Washington margin was as much as 7-2, before North was forced into a timeout. WHS made it 9-5, but North then tied it at 9-all and 10-all. With Reed at the service line, WHS broke a 12-all tie to give WHS back a lead. The third game was tied at 15 as well, but a late Huskie run made it 18-15. North pushed it to 21-16, but with Trinidy Reel serving, WHS made a final run to cut it to 18-21, however, North would complete the sweep with the 25-19 win and move to 11-2.
In the JV game, WHS lost 25-13 and 25-8.