By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent
The first matches of the Waterville/Mansfield volleyball season were at home on Sept. 11 against Bridgeport. The Shocker junior varsity lost 1-2, and the varsity team won 3-1.
First to play were the junior varsity teams. JV matches are the best of three sets, although if there is sufficient time and one team has already won two games a third game is played to help the girls gain experience.
The Shockers were a bit cold for the first set, losing to the Fillies 8-25. In the second set, the Shockers were victorious 25-22. The third set was again close but it ended in a loss for the home team, 21-25.
The varsity teams also had close sets with the match going to the team who wins the best of five.
All the sets were close. In the first set, the Shockers lost 22-25. Waterville/Mansfield came out on top in the next three sets for the match. The second set win for the Shockers was 25-22. In the third set, the Shockers were ready to close out the set with a 23-15 lead when the Fillies made a stunning comeback for a tie. After several more tying scores, the Shockers got the 2-point win over the Fillies, 28-26. The fourth set was again a long fought battle with several volleys reaching the teens. The set was tied 23-23 but the Shockers pushed forward to win 25-23.
The Shockers have a strong team of three seniors, two juniors and seven sophomores. Starters were seniors Ali Mires and Ariana Salcido; junior Sarah Mullen; and sophomores Meredith Mittelstaedt, Alex Poppie and Codee Reid.