The Mineral County High volleyball team (11-5, 8-5 in conference) fell in its last three conference meetings, once against the Virginia City Muckers, and twice in a double header against the Coleville Wolves on Oct. 26.
The losses knocked the Lady Serpents out of the running for playoff spot.
In Coleville, the Lady Serpents met the toughest opponent they have yet faced. The Wolves won both matches, 2-0.
“We had a lot of issues,” said coach Shelly Tweedy. “I don’t even know what to say about today other than that the team did not pull together and play as a team.”
Tweedy said she lost several players to illness and one to discipline issues when the team arrived in Coleville.
“I was really disappointed with their attitudes and their sportsmanship,” she said. “I expect a lot more of them.”
By the time the second match started, there were only six players on the court, and Tweedy couldn’t substitute players out when they tired.
The Serpents who stuck in the game seemed lethargic, and lacking their typical spirit.
Usually, when a member of the team scores an ace or a kill, the team cheer. But, in Coleville, the team was mostly silent.
“They played as hard as they could, but they didn’t pull together as a team,” Tweedy said. “I’m really disappointed that they didn’t pull together as a team.”
Against the Wolves Kelsey Viani-Wittwer recorded the Serpents’ only ace.
The Lady Serpents also fell against the Lady Muckers on Oct. 22, by a match score of 3-0.
The Lady Muckers took the first game 25-17; the second 25-23; and the third 25-17.
In that match, Viani-Wittwer had four aces and six kills; Alexa McFalls had an ace and three kills; Ada Williams had an ace and nine kills; Danielle Williams had an ace and a kill; and Taylor Isom had a kill.