The Powers Catholic Varsity volleyball team took on some challenging opponents over the weekend. Some rivals from last season, Clio and Notre Dame Prep, were in attendance as well as some new faces from St. Johns.
The Chargers started the day off strong, winning the match 2-1 against Clio (22-25, 25-15, 15-6). Against Clio, senior Teagan Thomas had 6 kills and 4 digs, while senior setter Mariah Brenz had 5 aces, 2 kills, 14 assists, and 4 digs. Sophomore Madison Gebhardt contributed 5 kills while seniors Reilly Evans (4 kills, 2 blocks) and Halle McGuire (3 kills, 1 block) also contributed both offensively and defensively to the match. Defensively, senior libero Lexi Jaggi contributed 11 digs, all essential to the girls’ victory.
The rest of the day unfortunately wasn’t as successful, although the Chargers played an extremely close match against St. Johns. St. Johns defeated Powers Catholic in the first game 26-28 and then again in the second game 25-27. Despite the loss, Powers Catholic managed to put up plenty of impressive offensive and defensive points. Jaggi contributed 6 digs while Evans, Gebhardt, and Brenz all put up a block a piece. Brenz also had 4 digs as well as 5 kills and 12 assists. Gebhardt had 8 kills and Thomas had 7.
Notre Dame Prep was the Chargers’ toughest opponent of the day as well as a two-time opponent. Powers Catholic fell to NDP twice as they were the last game in pool play and the first game in bracket play, as the Chargers made it to the gold bracket. In the last pool play match-up, NDP defeated Powers Catholic 14-25 in the first game and 15-25 in the second. Offensively, the Chargers sadly were not able to find the floor. Thomas was the leader offensively with 3 kills. Defensively, Brenz, Gebhardt, Jaggi, and Thomas each had 5+ digs.
The first match of finals in the gold bracket did not prove to be much better. The Chargers lost to Notre Dame Prep 11-25 in the first game and 8-25 in the second. Senior Gaby Clark had 5 kills and Brenz had 5 assists as well as 5 digs. Jaggi also contributed 5 digs.
Despite the losses, the Chargers are moving forward into this week with a positive mindset and are looking to use this break from games to have an intense week of practices in efforts to build and grow for the rest of the season.