Volleyball Takes both Matches on Youth Appreciation Day

Volleyball Takes both Matches on Youth Appreciation Day

The Mustang volleyball team hosted Luzerne County Community College and Lackawanna College on Saturday. The tri-match, in which three teams each play each other once, took place during Montgomery's Youth Appreciation Day.

The first match of the day put the Mustangs against the Luzerne Trailblazers. Montgomery struggled early and allowed Luzerne to take a 15-7 lead. Despite battling back, the Mustangs would lose the first set 25-17. First year head coach Rob Childs must have given the Mustangs a great pep talk in between sets, because from that point on, the Mustangs dominated the Trailblazers. The score was tied at 11-11 in the second set, but big serving from Molly McCarthy (FR, Souderton) allowed Montgomery to pull away and win the second set 25-14

Montgomery would build early leads in the third and the fourth set. 15 kills and only two errors in those last two sets were part of the reason they never let Luzerne back into the match. 3-1 was the final score of the first match. Childs tried out a different strategy for the fourth set, making Leah Tollett (FR, Abington) his first Libero this season. He would keep using that strategy in the next match as well.

However, Lackawanna also beat Luzerne in the second match of the day, which built the excitement heading into match number three. Sure enough, the first set was extremely close, evetually reaching a score of 22-22. The Mustangs are used to big moments however, and they grabbed the last three points of the set to win 25-22. The second set was tied 11-11 early on, before the mustangs pulled away. Montgomery had zero errors in the set, which contributed to their big 25-14 win. 

But Lackawanna would not go down that easily. Miljana Vukoslavovic's (FR, Serbia) 5 kills in the third set (17 overall) kept the Mustangs in the set, despite an early lead from the Falcons. The score was tied at 22-22 before Lackawanna took the third set, 25-22.

Montgomery exploded in the fourth set, grabbing an early lead. However, Lackawanna bounced back and kept fighting. A few clutch points kept Montgomery ahead and they ultimately won the set 25-21 and the match 3-1.

These two wins give Montgomery a 4-game winning streak, their longest of the season so far. Volleyball will be back in action on Tuesday at Northampton.