William Monroe High School’s volleyball team opened up their season last Thursday against crosstown rival Madison County High School, where the Dragons fell 3-1 to the Mountaineers.
Despite facing their rivals in the first game of the season, Monroe’s head coach Leah Wimmer said the game started the team off on a strong note. The dragons lost to Madison 0-3 in both matchups last season.
“We’re coming out and starting our season on a really strong foot. We’re realizing that this is the kind of competition that we’re going to go against all season,” she said. “Madison is a great team and coach Hardy is a great coach, so being able to play with them and have such a close game is exciting. We can look back at this game now and see some things we did well and what we can improve on and use that in our future games.”
The Dragons came back from a three-point deficit in the first set and tied the match up 17-17. The tie continued into point 24 after Madison’s Abigail Tanner made a miraculous save for the Mountaineers.Tanner followed that up with a kill, and Emily Dodson sealed the first set with a 27-25 win for Madison. The close matches continued into the second set, with both teams finding themselves tied again at 23, but Madison emerged with the victory again; 23-25.
Sophomore Mara Woolford helped the Dragons edge ahead in the third set with a kill followed almost immediately by an ace. Woolford would finish the third set with three kills and two aces. Paired with five aces and two kills from senior Morgan Lam, Monroe took set three with a 25-22 win.
But Monroe didn’t see such a close game in the fourth set, falling 25-10 to the Mountaineers.
Madison was scheduled to visit Orange Wednesday and will host Fluvanna Sept. 9 before meeting up with William Monroe again, this time at home, Sept. 10. All games are at 7 p.m.