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Girls volleyball team’s playoff rally falls short

SPRINGVILLE—The Springville-Griffith Institute girls volleyball team had an impressive playoff run that ended to second-seeded Alden 3-2 Oct. 30.

Despite a key loss to a pivotal position late in the season, the Griffs looked poised for a championship run after sweeping MST (Math, Science, Technology) Seneca 3-0 in the quarterfinals Oct. 27 and coming within one set from playing for the Section VI Class B-2 championship after rallying from 0-2 against Alden. In the end, the final deciding match may have come down to Alden getting the serve to start. The Griffs fell behind early because of that and were forced to play catch-up the rest of the way before finally falling after two impressive set wins to tie the match.

“The girls told me that this was their best game of the season and they had the most fun playing tonight,” head coach Kristin Hughey said immediately after the Alden loss.

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“It was a great season with the highlight being winning the Lakeshore tournament midseason,” Hughey said. “They really worked well together and had a good time. We had our toughest teams at the end of the season and those games just didn’t fall our way.”

Tougher teams down the run of the season wasn’t the only obstacle the team faced entering playoffs. Their top setter was lost to injury, but Hughey was able weather the storm just in time for playoffs.

“We lost a setter and that was kind of a key loss. We had to make some adjustments to accommodate that and brought up a freshman from junior varsity, who stepped in and I was pretty impressed on how well she did being thrown into a sectional playoff game,” she said. “There was a lot of pressure, it was pretty intense but I was very proud how she handled it.”

The future looks bright for the volleyball team with only three seniors departing and an undefeated junior varsity program. According to Hughey, the team ended with a 10-7 overall record.

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