PHOTO: Senior Azalea Morris (left) and junior Emily Wells (right) go up for a block against a Troubadour spike.
By Jayke Sommers,
On Sept. 10, students and parents eagerly watched the Davis High varsity women’s volleyball team play against its rival Saint Francis High School.
Saint Francis has been a long time rival for Davis.
“We are rivals with them since we haven’t beaten them in many years and they are always one of our top competitors,” senior libero Celine Varland said. The women’s varsity volleyball team has not beat them since 2014.
In the first set, Davis was quickly set behind, as Saint Francis scored 4 points. However, Davis gained momentum once top scorer junior Emma Thompson put Davis’ first point on the scoreboard.
Saint Francis had pulled away too much for a comeback as the set ended with the score 13-25.
In between periods, coach Julie Crawford met with the team, and her words showed in the second set.
Seniors Bailee Nicolet and Mei McConnell gained a majority of their eight assists each during the second set. Junior Emily Wells played strong defensively, accounting for three blocks.
DHS kept an even score throughout the set. Whenever the Troubadours scored, the Lady Blue Devils stayed focused and struck back with full force.
Even with the valiant effort, DHS was handed the hard loss in the second set, ending 23-25 in favor of Saint Francis. Still, a DHS comeback for the next set seemed possible.
Once DHS came back onto the court from their huddle to start the third set, the Lady Blue Devils seemed more focused than ever. The communication between players was smooth and the development of plays was solid.
However, in the end, the Lady Blue Devils began losing the battle as the Troubadours slowly took off with the lead. The game ended after the third set with DHS losing 15-25, and losing the match 0-3.
“I think we played pretty well considering Saint Francis is one of the best in our league,” Varland said. “I think in order for a different outcome, we definitely could have had a better mindset and more confidence though.”
DHS women’s volleyball takes on Franklin High on Sept. 12 at home.