McDONALD — The Blue Devils made fast work out of Waterloo on Tuesday with a straight set winner, 25-11, 25-11, 25-12.
That is simply the third yr for the volleyball program, but the Blue Devils improved their document to 4-1 and 2-1 within the MVAC, after posting an 8-15 document in 2019 and ending 12-12 final season.
McDonald additionally has a brand new coach in Mike Klockner.
“There’s plenty of studying concerned,” he stated. “However, I’m surrounded by good coaches. I used to be an assistant the final two years right here. The women have been working laborious and making my job rather a lot simpler. McDonald all the time has good athletes. They play different sports activities. They’re rivals. They’ve picked up the sport actually rapidly.”
They positively have. The Blue Devils have three seniors with Brielle Robinson, Matti Srock and Mikki Williams on the roster. The seniors lead a proficient group of underclassmen.
“The seniors do an important job,” Klockner stated. “They’ve been right here because the starting. They’re leaders.”
One other chief is junior Maria Rasile. Rasile led McDonald with 16 assists Tuesday evening because the Devils cruised previous Waterloo.
“Our workforce performed very well,” Rasile stated. “Typically, we decelerate within the third match. However, we stored up our power. All people did what they had been presupposed to.”
The one factor that might cease McDonald from persevering with to attain was when play was halted for a second within the third set as a result of the ball received caught within the netting hanging from the rafters.
Rasile served up an ace, and sophomore Megan Klockner did as properly making the rating 12-5 within the third.
Megan Klockner had a game-high 11 service factors to go together with 12 assists and three kills.
“We stored pushing,” she stated. “We performed our recreation. We need to hold successful and hold getting higher. Hopefully, by the tip of the season, we are able to make a run within the event.”
Sophomore Sheryaliz Bonilla had a team-high six digs and freshman Gianna Costantino led the best way with 10 kills.
“They’re each excellent volleyball gamers,” coach Klockner stated. “They’re enjoyable to educate and so they perceive the sport. Gianna is de facto superior for under being a freshman. We’re actually fortunate to have her.”
Rasile closed out the match by touching the ball over the web, in simply the proper spot, the place no person might attain it.
“We depend on our serving to get an early bounce on groups,” coach Klockner stated. “Megan Klockner and Maria Rasile are our setters. They all the time set the tone for everyone else on the courtroom. They convey with the remainder of the workforce by calling hits. It’s nice to have two setters, on one workforce, of that caliber. We’re very lucky with all the expertise that now we have right here.”
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