By Jared Schmeltzer
Thursday night’s regular season finale against D.C. Everest the Merrill volleyball team fell to the conference foe in four sets. With the loss the girls end the year with a 10-2 conference record.
Everest took control of the game early winning the first set by a score of 25-23. The Bluejays seemed to have regained the momentum when they took the second set 25-11, however after Everest won the third set 25-18 they were back in the driver seat. Everest went on to win the fourth set and game by a score of 25-17 as the regular season comes to a close.
“Although it feels good to be the Conference Champs, the loss tonight isn’t the way that we wanted to go into the post season.” Comments coach Kris Krug. “We were consistent servers, just not aggressive like we were against DC Everest the first time we saw them. To win set two like we did, shows what a momentum game volleyball is to play. We have to be able to keep our level of intensity high!”
The girls finished the year with an overall record of 28-7, good enough for the number one seed in the upcoming regional tournament starting Tuesday. Merrill will have a first round bye and will host the winner of Tuesday night’s match up of Rhinelander @ Northland Pines, on Thursday at 7 p.m.