The greatest season in Haslett volleyball history came to a close on Tuesday. The Vikings lost 3-1 to Dearborn Divine Child in the Class B quarterfinal.
The loss was a bitter end to a great run for Haslett.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think we played to our potential, but they forced us to play bad because they played really well,” said head coach Wendy McCann.
Despite the defeat, the Vikings met some of their goals that they set for themselves this season, including winning their first ever regional final.
“We met our expectations this year,” McCann said. “That was our goal. We made it to the quarterfinals.”
The first set of the evening was the first that the Vikings dropped in the state tournament. After trailing early, the Falcons gained control and finished with a 25-22 victory.
That momentum carried to the second set, where Dearborn Divine Child cruised to a 25-18 victory. Haslett was unable to ever string together more than three consecutive points in the set.
In what was potentially its final set of the season, Haslett started strong by scoring the first five points. It was a lead they would never relinquish, as the Vikings avoided defeat with a 25-23 victory.
In that must-win set for Haslett, sophomore Makenna Ott was responsible for six of the team’s points. She led the team with 16 kills.
The comeback bid ended for Haslett in the fourth set, though. After trailing 22-20, the Falcons scored the final five points of the match to advance to the semifinal.
“I felt like in the fourth game we actually had momentum when we were ahead, but that little bit of doubt crept in,” McCann said.
In the Vikings’ final match junior Courtney Brassington led the team with 16 digs and 34 assists. Junior Maria Kronner had a team-high six blocks.
While the Haslett season is over, the Vikings are a young team with just two seniors. The experience they gained this season should make them a contender again in 2013.
“You have to reflect on this moment and make a change for next year,” McCann said.