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Lady Mustangs Play with Class

web posted October 29, 2018

102918MMSMERRIWETHER - The Lady Mustangs Volleyball Team at Merriwether Middle School finished their season Monday night with a record of 10-4. Although the Mustangs suffered a few losses this season, they are celebrating the class and dedication that they brought to each match.

The team was led this season by co-captains, Callie Trahan and Marissa Morris. Trahan’s serving accuracy of placing the ball in needed serving zones allowed the Mustangs to dominate offensively against their opponents. While Morris’ height at the net helped to maintain a strong defense. Eighth graders, Cameran Russo, Lauren Strock, Rylee Newman, and Kylee Carreras joined Morris and Trahan on the court to complete the starting six. The Mustangs will lose Riley Schlachter, Madison Thompson, Tiyana Dublin, and Kiersten Thatcher next season. Although the Mustangs will be losing a large group of athletes, they are excited for the growth of returning seventh graders, Aubrey Langford, Analiese Bell, Brecken Abney, and Katy Nason, next year.

The coaches, Melana Smith and Melissa Melick, focused this season on building each player’s individual skill set to be position-specific. Trahan is a well-developed setter on the court who was looking for opportunities to build her hitting, moving to a 6-2 rotation mid-season. Using the instincts and speed of Strock opened up more aggressive net game play for the Mustangs. Newman and Russo transitioned well from defensive passing to hits while Carreras honed her defensive specialist skills. Bell Showed promise as a setter and power server for the Mustangs future.

Smith and Melick instilled in these ladies throughout the season the will to win and the pursuit of class-no matter if you win or lose. “Each match brought different adversities, but the ladies stuck together and were able to execute the knowledge and skills gained throughout the season,” spoke Coach Melick.

MMS would like to wish the best of luck to their eighth graders as they continue on to their next chapter in volleyball. 

Photo: 2018 Mustang volleyball players huddled for prayer!

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