Against Northwestern last week, Maconaquah cruised through the match’s first two sets, but was unable regain that form down the stretch, giving the Purple Tigers a chance to get back in the match.
“I told the girls I was very impressed with their play in the first and second sets,” Metcalf said. “That third set — I was very disappointed. Point for point — every time they made a mistake, we made a mistake. And, I told them ‘As the season goes on, you can’t point-for-point a team like that.’ We really have to be more alert about where we are on the court, what we’re doing and work on minimizing our mistakes. We have to capitalize on the mistakes our opponents are making.”
Michaela Walters finished with eight kills, 22 digs and nine service points for the Braves. Ally Exmeyer added 12 kills and eight points. Jalyn Windsor added 10 kills. Madison Turner finished with 28 digs and 18 points. Emily Wilson led the defense with 40 digs, and Lynnsie Arion dished 30 assists.
Maconaquah followed that up with a 3-1 showing in the Rossville Invitational. The Braves opened the day with a 25-18, 25-16 win over Seeger and followed with a 25-12, 25-18 win over Cass. The Braves then topped Rossville 26-25, 25-22 before falling to Mississinewa in the championship round, 26-24, 25-17.Wilson had 69 digs on the day for Maconaquah. Arion dished out 44 assists. Turner added 47 digs. Windsor finished with 20 kills. Walters added 15 kills and 22 digs and Exmeyer added 14 kills.
“We couldn’t find our groove in the second set of the championship match,” Metcalf said. “We came out playing very flat. I’m not sure if it was the sitting for two games or what the problem was, but nothing seemed to work for us. Our passing wasn’t as accurate as it was earlier in the day, so that took away from being able to run an offense. Jalyn only had one kill in the last match, and that shows that things weren’t clicking.”