The Mason girls volleyball team re-claimed the GMC title last Thursday, October 13th with a win over Oak Hills, finishing with a conference record of 9-0.
The team dominated GMC play, winning all nine matches in straight set victories. The team’s lone loss came against Ursuline Academy came on September 1. This means the team did not drop a set in the last 45 days of the regular season, from their loss on September 1 to the last game of the regular season on October 15.
Head coach Tiann Myer said the loss was a turning point for the team and reinforced what they needed to change in order to get better.
“Losing to Ursuline was a huge wake-up call,” Myer said. “We played well for the most part; we know there are things that we could’ve done better. That was our focus point: we gotta learn from this part of the game, and they did a really nice job doing that. We just really strive on perfecting our game, and everyday in practice that’s one of our goals is to get better.”
After the loss, the Comets surged forward on a dominating streak, winning 46 straight sets en route to a 21-1 regular season record. The 21 wins is the most in Cincinnati and earned the Comets a #2 seed for the postseason tournament.
Myer said the team’s success can be most attributed to the players’ love for the game and how they can rally if they find themselves in a hole.
“It’s mostly their love for the game,” Myer said. “Overall, I just think it’s working well together and staying strong and tough. At times I’m shocked that we are (this good), but they do a lot of great things for me. They’ve dug themselves out of some holes, which in the past maybe that’s not always happened and they’ve let a few points go, but this team really digs in and pulls themselves out if need be.”
The team has also achieved this success without playing a single senior on the court. The roster’s lone senior, Julia Allen, acts as student assistant coach to the team.
Junior Anna Brinkmann said the team lost a lot of leadership from the team to graduation, but this year’s team is not far behind.
“Our senior leadership last year was incredible,” Brinkmann said. “But I feel like the people who have stepped up have done an amazing job and even though we weren’t as successful last year as we are this year, I feel like it’s hard to compare the two because last year we had seniors and this year it’s a lot different.”
Sophomore Maggie King said that although they don’t have any seniors on the court, they still have a lot of varsity experience.
“This year we have people like Anna Brinkmann, Sammie (Puisis) and myself; we were on the team last year,” King said. “I feel like we have really good leadership and we look up to all the leaders on the team. I feel like everyone’s stepped up this year. Even if they weren’t on varsity last year, they just really stepped up into the role and they’ve done a great job throughout the season.”
King said that even though the team relies on a lot of sophomores, she feels like everyone gets along as if they were all the same grade.
“I haven’t thought about it that much, but I guess it’s kinda cool to have someone look up to you even though they may even be older than you,” King said. “But it doesn’t feel that way because I feel like everyone on the team is the same age. We all get along so well so it doesn’t feel like they’re older than me.”
Myer said that the youth of her team can be visible at times, but they always make up for it with their performance on the court.
“It’s a completely different team when it comes to that chemistry-wise and dynamic-wise. Last year I had seven seniors and three or four that had played a couple years already on varsity so things got done, in regards to they knew every expectation that I had. But overall, (this team) makes up for that on the court, because they know what they’re doing. They’re very good in that aspect; they get the job done on the court.”
they know what they’re doing. They’re very good in that aspect; they get the job done on the court.”