The Holly varsity volleyball team had to deal with a couple of injuries over the last week.
The squad did a pretty good job overcoming them.
The Bronchos are getting close to being healthy again, but still had to deal with not being 100 percent against the Linden Eagles Wednesday night.
It didn’t matter as Holly figured a way to beat the Eagles 25-14, 25-12, 25-20 at home.
“The girls played really well,” Holly varsity volleyball coach Deena Maher said. “We dealt with some injuries this past week. We got most of the team back and we were ready to go. They played really well.”
The Bronchos (5-1 in the Metro and 19-8-2 overall) controlled the match. Maher said Nicole Jewell and Paige Weeder had strong attacking games at the outside hitting position, helping spark the win.
“They hit the ball great,” Maher said. “They hit the ball hard, were aggressive and played really well.”
Linden varsity volleyball coach Cori Mason said her team struggled.
“We definitely did not have our best showing,” Mason said. “Holly was super scrappy and played tough. We hit negative as a team so it’s kind of hard to stay in a match when we couldn’t keep the ball in play.”
Linden’s Makenna O’Keefe had six kills while Katie Strickert had four
kills. Drew Kinney led the Eagles with 12 digs.
Jewell led the Bronchos with 13 digs, 12 assists, nine kills and two aces while Weeder had 10 digs and eight kills. Kennedy Hogan had nine kills and three blocks while Sydnie Meszler had 17 assists. Delaney Jenkinson had 10 digs.
Holly enters the second round-robin portion of league play just one victory behind the Flushing Raiders. Flushing remains undefeated in Metro League Stripes Division play.
“This is very interesting season because playing everyone twice is new,” Maher said. “I have to remind the girls that even if we beat a team in the past it doesn’t mean it will be another win automatically. We need to get the girls to realize other teams improve as well. We have to play it one game at a time. But Flushing is definitely on our radar. We want to give them a good game.”
Linden returns to Metro action with a match at Flushing Wednesday. Holly has a rival rematch with Fenton at Fenton High School.