MacArthur outlasts Duncan, captures first win of season
When you have young players in your lineup, you strive to take areas of concern and drill, drill and drill some more until that is no longer a problem but an asset. While MacArthur volleyball coach Wendy Allen isn't ready to proclaim her team as great, or maybe even good servers, they are making progress and that was obviously one of the keys in a 3-0 victory over Duncan Tuesday.
The scores were 29-27, 25-20, 25-18.
The victory came in the Eisenhower High School gym as Mac's gym is still being repaired after the severe storm damage earlier this summer, but the Highlanders must have felt right at home thanks to a large group of Ike football players, one of whom dates a Mac volleyball player.
"We may not have a home right now but those guys sure made it feel like ours," Allen said with a laugh. "We were glad to get the win. What did you think about our serving, it was better wasn't it? We've been working really hard and they are starting to understand how important it is to get good serves at the high school level. We've learned that we have to be consistent with our serves or we won't win.
"Now we just have to move to doing a better job with our sets and serve-receive. You make progress where you can and hope that you can be competitive. This is such a young bunch that we just want to get better and improve and set a foundation for success in the future."
The serving really came up big in all three sets but it really was key in the first set when Duncan jumped out to a 5-1 lead. But Mac (1-12) kept battling back and when Marissa Rico rattled off three straight aces for the Highlanders, they had rallied for an 11-11 tie.