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Falcons knock down Mehlville, go on to defeat Viz

Volleyball takes on championship after crushing Windsor in Semis
In the air, senior Erica Vogel spikes the ball after a set from senior Mary Potteiger. After defeating Mehlville, the Falcons pummeled Windsor 17-23-21 on Oct. 21 at Semis after beating Visitation Academy 22-12-1 on Oct. 18. The Falcons will go on to the Championships on Oct. 24

The girls varsity volleyball team crushed Mehlville 3-0 on Oct. 10.

According to head coach Courtney Stemmler, as of Oct. 12, the team is currently 20-11 with the past 12 games being wins; 22 of the 48 sets have kept the rivals under 15 points. Coach Stemmler said the girls have been working on keeping up their communication while on the court and how that impacts their games.

“One thing the team has been really focused on for the season has been becoming more consistent in our communication. During the second set, our communication was not the greatest, hence why Mehlville closed the gap in the score on the previous set,” Stemmler said.

She said the second set was a little more of a battle compared to the first and last but they stuck it out and came up with a win.

“The first and third sets we had high energy and execution mindset; that showed in the scores of those two sets (25-8 for the first, 25-11 for the second). The second set we got a little complacent, lackadaisical went into cruise control therefore didn’t have the best energy we could put out there and that showed,” Stemmler said.

Freshman Jayla Williams said that after watching the opposing team, the Falcons kept up their energy throughout the games.

“First we analyze how good the team is, so we know how much energy we need to start with. If it goes bad we will pick up the energy and encourage each other throughout the game and then stay with that through the end of the game. We worked well together, the bench was loud, we were cheering a lot together, and we were working well as a team. It’s exciting [to play on varsity as a freshman]. I feel like I get to play a lot and it’s just a fun experience and fun to make friends,” Williams said.

Senior Ellie Morris said their spirit was high after seeing Mehlville warm up before the game but once the second set started they had to pick it back up and work harder to win.

“During the first set we were really excited and we had just watched them warm up so we could kind of see what they were like. But the second set, since it was a close game, we kind of thought maybe they could come back and beat us. It was an energy shift and we had to focus and figure it out,” Morris said.

The Falcons went on to lose to Parkway West 3-2, winning the third and fourth sets but losing in the first, second, and fifth. This makes the team the runner-ups for the Class 4 District 2 title.

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Kamryn Samlalsingh, Associate Editor-In-Chief
Class of 2025 Time on staff: 2 years Favorite newspaper memory: I love taking pictures of sporting events, and on academic reflections days I love when Raghed and I sing tswift together. Favorite song: "‘Stubborn Love" by The Lumineers

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