Presentation Vs. Christian Academy Volleyball

Presentation’s young volleyball team has struggled all season, but it appears to be heading in the right

direction.

With five sophomores, three juniors and only four seniors, the Toppers are still experiencing growing

pains, however, and they showed when visiting Christian Academy beat them 25-16, 26-24, 25-17

Monday night.

Head coach Abbey Breit thought her Toppers (6-22) might have turned the corner with a three-game

sweep of archrival Holy Cross last Wednesday.

“Here lately, we have been on an upswing,” Breit said. “We have had a lot of ups and downs this season,

but overall our trajectory has been upwards. That’s good and I’m glad that we are hitting that upward

trend at the right time of the year, and hopefully we can bounce back from this and be ready for districts.”

Christian Academy (21-12) seized the momentum early, building a 12-3 lead in the first set. The Toppers

fought back within 16-11 but never got any closer as CAL gradually closed out the set.

“It has been a rough season, but I think what keeps us alive is our energy,” sophomore Cassie Jones

said. “We work really hard at practice and try to play our best. We might not be able to pull it off

sometimes, but we have a lot of spirit. If we keep on working on that then we will be good in district.”

Presentation jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second set before the teams fought through three ties. With

the score 19-19, the Toppers scored four of the next five points to take a 23-20 lead.

With a 24-22 advantge, the Toppers looked like they would even up the match, but the Centurions scored

the last four points to win set for a 2-0 lead.

“One of our captains (Savannah Moss) got hurt in that game and she’s a big source of energy for us,”

Breit said. “We were talking in the locker room and they really hit the nail on the head: ‘We weren’t

playing with energy and we weren’t playing with a purpose.’ That definitely was one of our downfalls

tonight.”

After losing that heartbreaking set, the Toppers quickly fell behind 6-1 in the third set. CAL eventually led

18-8 and the Toppers never threatened.

CAL’s frontline proved to be an issue for Presentation, delivering 23 kills to the Toppers’ 15. The

Centurions’ Caroline Rassenfoss led all players with seven kills.

“We need to do a better job of controlling our passes,” Jones said. “We need more energy from the bench

and a little bit more feedback from them. If we can do that then we’ll be in a lot better shape. We were just

really bored and energized. We have to pick it up. We’ll get a kill and then they’ll get a kill and that hurt

our motivation.”

Sophomore Lilly Stevenson led the Toppers with five kills.

Both teams served well. Presentation finished with six aces — Shelby Carter and Moss led the way with

two each. Hadley Trenamen had three of CAL’s five aces.

Up next for Presentation is Pleasure Ridge Park in their final regular-season match at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Breit said the Toppers “had a great game against Holy Cross last week and a great game against Male a

few weeks before that. Both of those matches were where we had a big loud crowd and there was a lot

of energy in the gym. We’re still learning to create that same energy ourselves. In the next week or so we

will be working on creating energy and drive so that we can motivate ourselves.”

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