Mammoth volleyball team splits two marathon matches
On the list of endurance sports, volleyball traditionally doesn't get much of a mention.
But if you saw Mammoth's volleyball team last weekend, perhaps you'd think differently.
Playing league-rival Desert at the Mammoth High School gym, the Huskies went two hours in a tough, back-and-forth, 25-17, 25-18, 17-25. 25-19 and 15-9 come from ahead victory, and that was just the prelude.
Against Desert Christian on Saturday, the Huskies came up just three points short short in yet another 2-hour, five-set match, this one ending at 22-25, 25-18, 18-25, 25-23 and 12-15.
The last set went right down to the wire with the Knights pulling out the win on the last 3 points.
Obviously, the Friday evening match was the one that sent everyone home buzzing.
""We had a great strategy that the team executed to perfection", said Mammoth Head Coach John Morris. "We knew we that everyone would have to be on their game and that's just what we got."
"I am so proud of our team," Morris said afterward.
"To ask a team to play back-to-back, 5-set matches in less than 18 hours against that level of competition, and to have them play with so much intensity, just goes to show how much we have improved this year."
The Huskies were led in both matches by libero Kira Shultz with 47 serve receptions, setter Cassidy Morris with 48 assists, middle hitter/blocker Kelly Berger with 18 blocks and 22 kills, middle hitter/blocker Callie Mowat with 15 blocks and 12 kills, and Amanda Kirkeby with 22 digs on defense.
The junior varsity did its part, too.
In the first match on Friday night, the JV Huskies beat the Scorpions 25-17, 25-23.
On Saturday morning Mammoth's JV again took care of business by beating Desert Christian 25-17 and 27-25.
Strong contributions were made in both matches by Leslie Galvan with 10 aces, McKenna Smith with 8 aces, setter Carly Margulies with 10 assists, and outside hitter Lex Brode with 4 kills.
There is no rest for the weary, either.
The Huskies have a busy road weekend upcoming with matches tonight, Oct. 3, through Saturday, Oct. 5, at Desert, Silver Valley and Boron.