Tannor Christians spikes the ball over Eagelcrests blockers.
Tannor Christians spikes the ball over Eagelcrest’s blockers.
Claire Kizer

The PSD Stars JV and Varsity teams suffer a dual loss against Eaglecrest

Ty Morris jumps to set the ball for Trevor Baldwin (Claire Kizer)

The PSD Stars Varsity team played against the Eaglecrest Raptors in a home game on Saturday, April 6, suffering a crushing defeat of 0-3.

“We made a lot of mistakes earlier on in the match. We cleaned things up as the match went on and as we kept the ball in play the scores were a lot tighter,” said Coach Chris Savage. “[We need to practice] just cleaning up mistakes.”

The two teams started trading points, the Stars barely keeping the lead, but after two missed serves and some defensive mistakes, the Raptors led at 7-6.

The Stars tried to take back momentum with clever plays, such as a lob from Trevor Baldwin, kept the game close, but the Raptors slowly stretched the lead to 14-17, causing the Stars to take a timeout.

The Stars attempted to come back but could not get a streak going, leaving them to call another timeout at 19-23.

However, it was not enough for a miracle and the Raptors easily take the first set at 20-25.

Long rallies were the theme of the second set, but despite some incredible saves, the Stars could not take the lead and called a timeout at 9-13.

This proved to be just what the Stars needed, as they got six points for the Raptors two, leaving the Raptors to call a timeout when the score tied at 15-15.

The Raptors got three points in a row, but the Stars found their own groove with a three-point streak of their own.

They traded a few more points with more incredible plays, including a kill block from Baldwin and Tannor Christians to tie the game at 20-20.

The Raptors got two points in a row, and with this late in the set the Stars had to kill their momentum, calling their second timeout.

The Stars got the points back, but was not enough with the Raptors scoring thrice, winning the second set 22-25.

“[There were] a lot of tough floats and we couldn’t run too much offense,” Libero Shane Gerdes said.

The Stars struggled to get their footing at the start of set three, but after a four-point streak with a no-touch ace from Geo Schwalm and a single blocker kill from Baldwin, the game at tied 7-7.

The Stars kept the points close with a powerful spike from Alex Van Thyune and an impressive one-handed set from Ty Morris.

However, the Raptors pulled away once again, gaining a three-point lead before the Stars called a timeout at 17-20.

The Stars came back strong with three points to the Raptors one, causing the Raptors to call a timeout.

This timeout worked in the Raptors favor as they quickly stretched their lead to 22-24, making the Stars call their final timeout.

It was not enough, though, as the Raptors quickly took the final point, sweeping the Stars 0-3.


Joshua Lamsma sets the ball to his team. (Claire Kizer)
Junior Varsity (JV)

The PSD Stars JV team was swept 0-2 in a home game on Saturday, April 6 by the Eaglecrest Raptors.

The Stars started strong with a mix of good offense and defense to gain six points in a row, the Raptors calling an early timeout.

Both teams started making mistakes, but the Raptors pulled off more kills, closing the gap but not quite overtaking the Stars at 9-7.

The Stars got a three-point streak with a kill and then a block from Dylan Smith, but the Raptors retaliated with a five-point run and overtook the Stars, causing them to call a timeout with the score at 15-16.

The Stars come back strong with a powerful spike from Ridge Mikkelson, but it is not enough to take back the lead.

They manage to tie the game at 22-22, but when the Raptors take the point and the momentum yet again, the Stars have to call a timeout.

The Stars continue to stay on their opponent’s heels, entering a deuce at 24-24 after a kill from Smith.

The Raptors are quick to shut them down, however, getting the next two points and winning set one 24-26.

The second set starts with a lot of mistakes from the Raptors, allowing the Stars to gain the early lead. This is short-lived, however, as the two teams trade points and the Raptors eventually pull ahead 19-14, causing the Stars to call a timeout.

The Stars attempt to gain points back with powerful kills from Smith and Mikkelson, but their own mistakes and the other teams’ skill overwhelm them.

The five-point difference stays for the rest of the set, ending with the Raptors victorious at 20-25 and winning overall 2-0.


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