Another win for the boys volleyball team
The Darby Boys volleyball team continued to stay undefeated on Monday night against Dublin Jerome. This game had a lively student section that was ready for the game.
The first set had a rocky start, however Darby was able to pull away once the team got a side out. Junior middle hitter, Jared Kish was able to execute a perfect slide from the middle. This is where the setter back sets to the middle making it harder for the opponent to block. Soon after junior defensive specialist, Payton Reed aced Jerome by strategically placing the ball in between two players. Another great play was a double block with juniors Noah Platfoot and Kish. The hitter was very powerful, but Platfoot and Kish were able to hold a strong block keeping the ball on the opposing side of the net. After this play, Jerome began falling behind and called a time out to try and break Darby’s point streak. The time out did not work and Darby continued to go on a roll. Platfoot was able to show amazing skills during part of the set, especially when he set a ball perfectly to the outside, after the pass sent it nearly into the net. Junior outside hitter, Michael Beard, was able to bring the set closer to the end with an ace. Beard thought that the team played very well, but can still always improve on passing.
“The passing can almost always be better and the defense was a little sloppy at the start but picked up as the game went on and a few missed serves,” Beard said. “However nothing major from last nights game to focus on.”
Then finishing the set was Platfoot blocking the outside with an end score of 25-17.
The second set started off very strong with a serving run from Reed. As Darby proceeded to pull away from Jerome, junior outside hitter, Adam Ansel strategically hit the ball into the block to go out. Another notable play was made by senior middle, Dominic Melchiorre, who hit the ball straight down the middle hitting the middle back defender on the foot. Finishing the set was an amazing play from Ansel with a back row attack.
The third set was quick and almost flawless. The most memorable play made was Platfoot shanking the ball and junior left side hitter, Griffin Hart being being able to save it. He did this by jumping into the bench and passing it up and Ansel finishing the play with an aggressive back row attack. Varsity Coach Bell thought the team played very well with focusing on their execution.
“We were very pleased with our focus, effort, and execution in last night’s match,” Bell said. “We’ve been working on a few things in practice, and we made it a priority to get those things corrected in the match. Our guys did a great job of responding.”
The next home game is on Thursday, April 11 against Thomas Worthington and hopefully they will be able to continue their winning streak.