Coed volleyball returns with consecutive wins

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The 7-4 coed volleyball team finished off its regular season strong, with back-to-back wins against Walter Johnson and Sherwood following the team’s return from spring break.

The back-to-back victories came at a much needed time for the Bulldogs, who, although surpassing Richard Montgomery, 3-0, April 14 in their last contest before the break, hit a rough patch prior to that win with two losses. They succumbed to Watkins Mill April 8 with a 1-3 loss and followed that up with an April 13 loss to Poolesville.

“We’ve gotten most of our points from blocking and hitting, so those are our strengths,” senior captain Clara Sze said.

Before the losses to Watkins Mill and Poolesville, the Bulldogs seemed to be on a hot steak. Led by senior middle hitter Stephen Hauschild, senior James Lee and senior liberio Jesse Wu, the team picked up three consecutive wins, beating Whitman, Rockville and Kennedy. However, they stumbled a bit when they lost to Northwest 2-3 in a close match March 28, followed by a disappointing April 1 loss to rival Wootton.

Our most difficult game was probably Northwest,” coach Michael Endler said. “They had two players with incredibly difficult serves that we had a hard time passing.”

As the season has wound down and playoffs quickly approach, the Bulldogs are determined to work hard during practice to turn their weaknesses into strengths. They have changed up their practices to focus specifically on the skills that need improvement. Although they recognize their strengths, they realize that their play hasn’t been as consistent as they would have liked.

“Serving and passing haven’t been consistent,” coed volleyball captain Clara Sze said. “Serving should be our strength, yet we just don’t get the serves in consistently enough.”

Despite the lack of consistency in its record, the team isn’t about to give up on playoffs, and is happy to see that there has been great improvement.

“Our overall skill level has improved as well as our positioning and movement,” Endler said.