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Learning from a Loss

Maclay vs. Florida High Volleyball Game

Photo by Blair Bayliss/Maclay Andalusian

The Maclay varsity volleyball team works endlessly to do their best for games and by practicing for at least two hours, their hard work normally pays off. However, their games don’t always go as planned. On Oct. 4, 2023, Maclay hosted a home game against Florida High School. Regardless of the loss, the Maclay volleyball team is determined to win the next game.

The varsity team included a new varsity player, junior Ava Molthen, who competed in the game. Although she tried her best, Molthen believes that even though they did not win this game, they can learn from their mistakes and use them to learn and improve for the next.

“We did compete for most of the game and tried to stay in it as best as we could, but execution overall will be beneficial for future games,” Molthen said.

The team put a considerable amount of effort into the game and stayed focused throughout their sets. Despite being down on the scoreboard, their positive mentality stayed high.

“Florida High is a very talented team,” Molthen said. “I did not expect for it to go down like it did but I’m hopeful that we will see them again.”

Florida High came in strong and prepared to play against Maclay. Each individual player did well, but with the tough competition, they came up short. Junior Kayla Iarossi took notice of what the team should prepare for and wants to bring the team together so they win the next game.

“As a team, we need to work on tracking down the center when she [Florida High player] jumps [and] sets in order to put up a stronger block,” Iarossi said. “We also need to work on a faster tempo, so that we can beat the big middle blocker to the ball.”

Another player, junior Gray Burleson believes that after learning from their mistakes, the team now understands what they need to improve on and work towards for the next game.

“I think we played well as a team within our energy and execution of the game plan,” Burleson said.

Their intense workouts and conditioning prepare the team to overcome any challenges that they may encounter. With the District game coming soon, the volleyball team is looking towards cleaning up their technique and mastering their skills so they will be ready in the hopes that they will win.

“Going into districts, I think it’s very important to keep Florida High in the back of our minds as we practice because we will see them in [the] postseason,” Burleson said.

The Maclay volleyball team has their next away game on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. against Lincoln, at Lincoln High School. In the meantime, the girls will continue to try their hardest and work together so their mistakes won’t cost them another game.


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