The Mineral County High School volleyball team was handed its third defeat of the regular season on Senior Night, Oct. 11 by Smith Valley, 3-0.
“I’m really, really happy with the way [my team] played,” said Shelly Tweedy, Lady Serpents coach.
The Serpents’ presence on the court was a mix of varsity and JV players because three varsity players were unable to attend the game.
One of the players unexpectedly called up from JV was Jesslynn Knight.
“Varsity made me nervous, but it’s not much different I guess,” Knight said. “The players are harder on the other team.”
While the match on Oct. 11 wasn’t the last home game of the season, Tweedy said the team decided to host Senior Night on the last Friday home game so employees at the Hawthorne Army Depot could attend.
“Our seniors were really fired up, having Senior Night,” said Kelsey Vianni-Wittwer. “We really wanted to win, of course, but I think everything, all the feeling for the seniors, were just stronger, so we were better leaders on the court.”
Mineral County fell quickly in the first game of the set, 25-8, but, in a rare game two rally, the Lady Serpents took the Lady Bulldogs to the wall, dropping the game 25-22, in what Tweedy called probably the team’s “best performance to date.”
“I think the girls knew they were a little bit outmatched,” Tweedy said. “And they played hard. They played extremely hard. They gave it 100 percent.”
In the third game, the Lady Serpents fought hard, but lost 25-5.
While Mineral County was defeated, the players worked together as a single unit more effectively than they have for most of the season.
“Teamwork, today, was probably one of our best days,” Vianni-Wittwer said. “We all talked pretty much the whole game, except maybe a bit of the last game. But other than that we worked really well together.”
Lady Serpents scoring was lead by Kailee Hawk, who had two aces and two kills. Vianni-Wittwer added three kills; Danielle Williams had three kills; Olivia Hawk three aces; Taylor Isom punched out three aces; and Lauren Mayes had a kill.
“They wanted to play proud,” Tweedy said. “They wanted to play the best they could so that we could at least be proud of ourselves. If you give it everything you’ve got, win or lose, you should still be proud of the way you played.”