Northwest ends coed volleyball’s playoff run

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Ben Fox

Fans cheer on the Bulldogs after they drop a set to Poolesville.

By Stacy Stein, Editor-in-Chief

Coed volleyball’s season came to an end May 8 with a 3-1 loss to Northwest.

“We couldn’t really pull everything together,” junior Adrianna Lee said. “Our defense was also lacking and our offense suffered because of that too.”

In the second round of playoffs, after winning two sets against Poolesville, the Bulldogs dropped the third set.

“We got blocked a lot in the third set,” Lee said. “After that we really picked it up and started to change our offense. We also picked up our defense in the fourth set, and started talking more than we did in the third set.”

They were able to make a comeback to defeat Poolesville in the fourth seat, winning 3-1.

“This game was pretty intense,” Lee said. “I think we worked together really well at this game; it was probably one of our best games of the season.”

Previously, the Bulldogs beat Einstein in their first playoff game. They won their first three sets, sweeping the Titans 3-0.

“We’ve been playing great all year,” coach Michael Endler said. “We have no weak spots.”

The team ended regular season play defeating B-CC April 30, Blair April 27, and Whitman April 25. In these games, the team dropped just one set to Blair.

“At the end of the season, we actually weren’t doing so well,” Lee said. “We had some easy games toward the end and I feel like we were kind of slacking, but we still pulled through in the end and made sure we did what we had to do to win.”

Coed volleyball is graduating six seniors, including three starting boys. They will look to current players as well as newcomers to make improvements for next year.

“We will definitely try to improve our blocking and defense in general, as well as our serving since we are generally a weak serving team,” Lee said. “We’ll try to improve all around, including running a quicker and more powerful offense to supplement our defense.”