Volleyball falls to De Soto in a five-set match

The team won two of five sets

Tanner Smith, JagWire reporter/photographer

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  • While in the air, sophomore Anna Judd serves the ball, at DeSoto High School on Thursday Sept. 20. "We battled and fought our hardest to make it a close game, even though we didn't win, we left it all out on the court," Judd said.

  • Before set one, junior Emma Fox and senior Sydney Pullen chest bump, a pregame ritual.

  • Jumping up high, junior Faith Archibong hits the ball over the net.

  • On her toes, senior Sydney Pullen watches the ball hit her arms.

  • Celebrating her teammates hit, junior Whitney Van Dyke raises two fists coming into the team huddle.

  • Huddling before moving to their positions, the Jags talk about their plan for the game.

  • Holding both arms out in front of her, junior Emma Fox watches the ball as she prepares to hit it.

  • In between set two and three, head coach Debbie Fay talks with the players in a huddle.

  • About to hit the ball over the net, freshman Taylor Roberts jumps high into the air.

  • Sliding to the ground, sophomore Jaden Ravnsborg saves the ball from hitting the floor.

  • During set two, senior Sydney Pullen jumps into the air to to attack the ball.

  • During the last set, sophomore Carlie Bradshaw prepares for the ball to reach their side of the net.

  • Blocking a hit from DHS, sophomore Molly Carr and junior Faith Archibong reach their hands above the net.

  • Raising two hands above her head, sophomore Anna Judd sets up a ball for her teammate.

  • As the game nears the end, sophomore Anna Judd watches the ball closely.

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The volleyball team fell to De Soto on Thursday, Sept. 20. The team won the first set 25-17, lost the second set 25-14 and lost the third set 25-22. The Jaguars came back to win the fourth set 26-24 but ended up losing the last set 15-11.

Senior Sydney Pullen felt the team played well, even if they did not win.

“I think we did really well,” Pullen said. “We fought really hard but we just couldn’t pull it out in the end.”

Coach Debbie Fay felt the team needed more experience if they are going to win close games.

“They got tired,” Fay said. “We [need to] keep growing our skill set [to win].”

Pullen also believes that the team has room for improvement.

“I think we could have improved on our individual touches,” Pullen said. “We had … some hits we could have made, but we were just not executing as well as we should have.”

Despite the loss, Pullen felt the team worked great together.

“I think we worked as a cohesive unit, it worked out really well and I think we did really great,” Pullen said.

After a long game, Pullen felt that it was her resolve and effort that got her through.

“Honestly, it was mental,” Pullen said. “You just have to say I’m tired but …. keep going because there is only a certain amount of points left.”

Pullen also believes that the rivalry between Mill Valley and DHS added an extra incentive for the team to play their best.

“We have always had a humongous rivalry with De Soto so we really wanted to win,” Pullen said.

The team plays again on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Washburn Rural.

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