Taconic volleyball team spoils Senior Night for Mount Everett in five-set thriller

SHEFFIELD — Every sporting event comes with pressure and intensity. With the Mount Everett volleyball team hosting the Taconic Braves on Senior Night, the energy in the gym was obvious in Taconic's 3-2, comeback victory on Friday night.

"There were two teams here that really wanted to win," said Dennis Sullivan, head coach of the Eagles. "We don't see this level [of fan intensity] often. It was a great game to watch and you could feel the intensity."

The set scores were 25-20, 16-25, 15-25, 25-22 and 15-10.

In the fourth set and up 2-1 in the match, Sullivan called a timeout with his team trailing 11-6. During the timeout, the Taconic fans started a "Let's go Braves!" chant while the momentum was starting to lean in favor of the Braves. Out of the timeout, the Braves increased their lead to 14-7 when the hometown fans decided to take matters into their own hands.

Behind roaring chants of "Let's go Eagles!" Mount Everett went on 13-6 run to tie the set at 20-all. Every point was followed by booming cheers and celebrations as everyone at the match knew the next point could completely change the direction of the contest.

With their backs to the wall, the Braves went on a 5-2 run to hold off the Eagle victory and force a decisive fifth set. Every time the Braves started to lose the momentum, it was senior captain Tyler Williamson and Mikalya Moss igniting their team.

"I changed the rotation and it helped us get some kills on the outside and I think it gave us a boost," said Jenn Doerle, coach of the Braves. "Mikalya has shined over the last few games and is hitting the ball really well. Tyler is always energetic and getting to every ball she can."

Whether it was Williamson diving across the floor to prevent a point or Moss rocketing a ball over the next, the Braves did everything to keep the game alive.

With momentum on their sides, the Braves came out of the fifth set hot, jumping out to an 8-4 lead before the side switch. With the crowd roaring on both sides, each point became more and more important.

The following eight points were split between the Braves and Eagles, making the score 11-9. Needing one more push, it was the Braves who scored four of the next five points. As a result, players and fans stormed the court, but more importantly, the Braves took the match.

While the Braves spoiled Mount Everett's Senior Night, Everett senior caption Maria DeManbey was proud of her team, and more importantly her four years as a member of the volleyball team.

"The memories with my friends and coaches are irreplaceable," said DeManbey. "Each year I have formed new bonds with different players and it has been really special. I think bringing the team together as a family is definitely my biggest accomplishment."

Abagail Tynan had six kills and an assist for the Braves, while Delaney Ivas had nine kills, three aces and a block. Moss finished with 10 kills, and Alexis Hamel added 18 assists and five aces.

For Mount Everett, Faith Angell had seven kills, five aces and four blocks, Devan Galli had 22 service points and 15 assists, and Alissa Rathbun had three aces and three digs.


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