Updated: Sep 4, 2019
In arguably their most important and intense game of the year, the varsity volleyball team defeated West Branch in 5 sets in their district semifinal game. A thrilling game from start to finish, both teams poured everything they had into the game as a whole. The girls will advance to the district final game to face Crestwood.
All 5 sets proved to be dramatic in their own respective fashions.
The first set seemed to be a shoe-in for West Branch, as they led by as much as 7 at one point. However, Marlington stormed back to make it a 23-24 game, but West Branch would get the point and come away with the set.
The second set proved to be almost the exact same as the first, but with Marlington on the aggressive at first. West Branch mustered up their own comeback, but ended up falling 25-21 to the Dukes.
With West Branch taking the third set by a double digit margin, Marlington would have to win two straight sets in order to keep their season alive. With their backs to the wall, the team believed they had nowhere to go but up.
In response, they would take the fourth set in a 25-17 win, forcing a rubber match between the teams. With the momentum swinging high in the Dukes’ favor, they would take the final set 15-10 and win the game.
Leading the way for the girls were Senior Kirsten Bogunovich (15 kills, 3 blocks) and Freshman Jillian Fellers (13 kills, 2 aces). Junior Maggie Fellers also played a crucial role in the game by delivering the kill that won it all for the Dukes in the final set.
Everyone who got the chance to witness the game found it to be an extremely worthwhile affair from both sides, and the the Dukes’ hardwork and dedication certainly showed. They had worked all year to get to this point, and they were not going to let it slip by them against one of their biggest rivals and competitors.
Editor’s Note: The girls will play their district finals game against Crestwood at West Branch High School at 2:30. Another competitive game is in order, so be sure to give the team a huge amount of support.