By David Troppens
The Holly varsity volleyball team is in a position to do something the Bronchos haven’t done since the 1993-94 school year.
What is it? To earn at least a share of a Metro League crown.
The Bronchos are tied in first place in the Metro League Stripes Division with Flushing after Holly defeated the Raiders 25-23, 25-19, 25-23 Wednesday at Flushing High School.
“This is definitely a big win for the program,” Holly varsity volleyball coach Deena Maher said. “This is one we really wanted. I think we needed to lose to Flushing earlier in the season to grow and become a better team. ... This is another step in the right direction. I couldn’t be prouder of the girls and how they worked. It was amazing.”
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Holly and Flushing are tied for first in the Metro League Stripes Division with a 7-1 mark each. Holly has home matches against Kearsley and Swartz Creek remaining next week while Flushing has road contests at Swartz Creek and Fenton. Holly will be clear favorites in each of those matches. Flushing will be favored to sweep its final two matches as well.
The first and third sets were particularly close. In the first set the Bronchos jumped to a 5-0 lead, but the Raiders eventually caught the Bronchos, creating a tight battle between the two. However, Miah Beck scored Holly’s 22nd and 23rd point and Sydnie Meszler served the final three points to earn the Bronchos the first set win.
In the third set, the Bronchos trailed 7-2 early and still trailed 24-22 before Paige Weeder served out the rest of the game and match. Kennedy Hogan ended the match with a kill.
“The girls showed some resilience,” Maher said. “Everybody stood out in their own way. It was one of those games where we didn’t have one superstar. The whole team worked together. ... It was a team effort from the start to finish.”
Delaney Jenkinson led the Bronchos with 17 digs while Sarah Jewell had 12 digs. Paige Weeder had 10. Offensively, Nicole Jewell had 11 kills while Weeder had 10 kills. Hogan had eight while Sarah Jewell and Marissa Walker had four kills each. Hogan also had five blocks while Jewell provided four blocks. Sarah Jewell had three blocks.
Holly hosts Kearsley Monday.