SCHENECTADY — Looking back, the first point in Tuesday’s Western Athletic Conference girls’ volleyball match was a harbinger of what was to follow.
That opening point between Mekeel Christian Academy and Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons took just less than a minute to complete. ND-BG won that long point . . . but, more than two hours later, MCA finished off a five-set victory against one of its top rivals in the WAC.
“The thing about ND-BG is they’re always fighting for every single point,” MCA head coach Kevin Islip said. “You can’t let them back in because they’re always fighting — and we let them back in.”
But MCA (2-0) found a way to keep ND-BG (2-2) from recording a comeback victory, as MCA collected a wild 25-12, 25-23, 11-25, 23-25, 25-15 victory.
“They’re very tough, and we wanted to come out and beat them — and that’s what we did,” MCA senior Mackenzie Islip said. “But they are a very good team.”
MCA rolled through the first set before needing a pair of aces from senior Clare Nelson to close out the second. After those opening sets, ND-BG head coach Kelsey Hart challenged her team to put those defeats behind it and keep focused.
“That triggered something for them,” Hart said. “We took it and ran with it.”
“We really wanted it. We’re the home team and we wanted to beat them,” ND-BG junior Anna Dobkowski said. “We started playing like a team.”
ND-BG dominated the third set before forcing a fifth after a back-and-forth fourth. ND-BG led 20-14 in the fourth set, fell behind 23-21 — and found the energy to rattle off the next four points to…
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