By Anthony Jones
“We’re excited to play. It’s nice to finally be together as a team.” says Triad’s head volleyball coach Jami Parker of finally starting their season.
Like fellow “typical fall sports” football and boys soccer, girls volleyball teams across Illinois have long awaited the start of the seasons this year.
Triad’s volleyball season kicked off on March 18 with a hosting of the Alton Redbirds. It was also Alton’s first game of the season, but they have since moved to be 5-6 on the season.
The first set of the year for both team’s was competitive. Ultimately, the Lady Knights claimed the set by a final score of 25-17. The second set was not much different as Triad won 25-18, which gave them a 1-0 start to the year.
Next up on the schedule was a March 23 hosting of Mascoutah. The first set started off tight, leading to both teams being tied at a score 11-11. Things quickly went south for Triad however and they were outscored 14-4 for the remainder of the set.
The second set started off much like the first, with Mascoutah taking a slight 9-8 lead. The Indians then gained momentum and won 15-25, the same score as the first set.
Two days later, the team faced another Mississippi Valley Conference in the Highland Bulldogs. The Bulldogs entered the game with a 3-0 record.
The two teams alternated scoring for the first six points, until Triad grabbed a 5-4 lead. The Bulldogs would slowly start to overtake them however as they went up 9-7. Things kept rolling their way and they cruised to victory in the first set with a 25-16 Highland win.
The second set both teams gain momentum swings early as Highland took a slight 16-13 lead. This would quickly grow however and the Bulldogs would claim the second set also by a 25-16 margin.