MILFORD – The Milford High girls’ volleyball squad tipped off the 2018 regular season Monday night against Sussex Tech inside the Milford Central Academy gymnasium.
Although the night ended in a 3-0 loss, Lady Bucs head coach Heather Motter took a lot of positives out of the opener.
After falling behind 13-4 early in the first set, the Lady Bucs bounced back and scored 10 of the next 11 points to knot the score 14-14 behind the serving of senior Celia Reinhardt.
“That was our biggest thing going into this match, we wanted the girls to really stay up,” coach Motter said. “We learned from our scrimmage that whenever they’re down on themselves they don’t play as well, and it really showed today that whenever they were up, they played very well. And not only that, but they came back.”
Sussex Tech scored three consecutive points, but Milford once again answered with three of their own to knot the score 17-17.
Tech would out-scored Milford 8-3 to escape with the 25-20 first set victory.
“I just told them to pick their heads up, stop playing scared, be confident and want the ball,” Sussex Tech head coach Carle Kling said of her speech to the Lady Ravens between sets one and two.
Tech would run away with the second set, 25-7, but the Lady Bucs once again showed they weren’t going to go down without a fight in the third set of the match.
Trailing 21-8 in the third set, the Lady Bucs would score eight of the match’s final 12 points, including six straight points when facing match point. Tech would eventually clinch the 25-16 set win and the 3-0 match sweep.
Celia Reinharadt and McKayla Ryan each recorded one kill; Nadia Delva and Kayla Jefferson led the team with three digs each; Reinhardt, Taylor Wessel and Ryan each had one ace.
The Lady Bucs will next hit the road and travel to Seaford Thursday, Sept. 13. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.
“We have practice tomorrow, so we have to fine-tune some things. The girls know the things we have to work on,” said coach Motter.
“I think overall, everybody is happy that we came out really good. It would have been nice to continue that momentum, but I think just coming out like that the girls know they can do it. They have that confidence now.”
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