Girls’ volleyball dominates after another intense battle against Hamilton


Meghan McGowan

Junior Braelynn Woodworth receiving a ball during practice at Perry. The team has been practicing after school to prepare for playoffs.

Last Thursday, Oct. 21, the girls’ volleyball team got a chance to redeem themselves after losing to Hamilton earlier in the season. On Sept. 29, Hamilton, who was ranked #2 in the 6A division, swept the Perry girls team, ranked #3. After a tough battle, the game ended 3-0, with Hamilton winning all 3 matches. 

“Most people perceive Hamilton as probably being the most physical athletic team in our state,” said volleyball coach Fred Mann. 

The huskies and pumas met again Oct. 21, this time, at Hamilton. Here, the pumas came back victorious, defeating the former state champions in all three sets and staying consistent through the night, winning all three sets. 

“We realized we had to work hard in order to win,” said senior Mackenzie Ransom. Considering they had already played Hamilton, the team knew what to expect. “We knew they were going to score, and when they did we didn’t let it affect us,” added senior Mckenna Dressel.

Throughout the game, strong serves and good defense helped improve the girls’ playing and benefitted them in the end, as they won. The girls went out to the court and played well in order to be successful.

“When you play volleyball and you get them to pass a bad ball, it’s hard for them to launch an attack at you,” said Mann. “[We] defended very well, Jordan Suan and Mackenzie Ransom defended really well, our middle blockers did a really good job of blocking them.”

When asked what he sees being the biggest challenge for the rest of the season, Mann replied, “It’s a matter of retaining our confidence and our skill set. I think the challenges are coming from within us. Can our girls maintain the level of confidence, maintaining things on our side of the net.”

The girls’ were ecstatic about their victory. “[It was] my favorite senior moment,” said Dressel. Winning all three sets at Hamilton’s home court was a thrilling moment for both the players and the coaches. 

The last game of the regular season was Oct. 28 against Chaparral, where the team got another win. After ending the season 15-2, with losses only to Hamilton and O’Connor, the team has a lot of confidence going into playoffs which starts this Thursday, Nov. 4.