Mustangs vs. Lakes: A Glimpse into Boys Volleyball Season

Carson Beck, Staff Reporter

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The Mustangs entered Friday’s rematch on April 21 against Lakes High School after having lost to this team the previous weekend on Saturday, April 15, at a Grant High School tournament.

Going into the rematch, the team had a four-game winning streak and had also won five of their last eight matches.

Additionally, the team’s record showed two losses and one win in its conference after defeating Waukegan High School on April 19.

Therefore, the team had 12 losses and 11 wins going into Friday’s game and planned on carrying the winning energy and attitude from the past week into this match.

“After beating Waukegan… we really want to keep up the wins in our conference, in our county and bring the momentum we have into Friday’s match and the rest of the season,” said Varsity Captain Junior Ben Arebelo before the game.

The Mustangs didn’t have a lot of gap time in between games to prepare for the Friday rematch. They only had one day of practice, as the players had three other games (all of which were wins) beforehand.

Prior to Friday’s match-up, the Mustangs reflected on the previous match against Lakes.

“In preparation for the game, we really focused on serving because we did pretty bad in serving in our tournament against Lakes. We also need to know how to close out on the block that will help our backs,” said Senior Jackson Steiner.

Closing out on the block means when the Mustangs are on defense, they want to make sure the front row of defensive players shift together wherever the ball goes so that they can block the ball together.

Some other key preparations the Mustangs worked on included communication and energy.

“[Preparation and focus for the game is] all mental; we have to learn to forget the last play and [prepare] for the next play. We just have to execute and be really loud and communicative on the court,” said Junior Abram Nazario.

The Mustangs had a lead in both sets with spurts of dominance here and there, but they couldn’t hang onto the lead, giving up long runs without scoring against Lakes.

The Mustangs lost the first set 25-19 and the second set 25-18.

“Tonight we were a little flat on the serve receives. When you give points away that the other team didn’t quite earn, it’s hard to come back from [that],” said Head Varsity Coach George Dressen. “We gave up some runs trying to play catch up the whole game.”

Although the Mustangs may not always be winning, they attempt to overcome the obstacles by sticking together. The players and the coach said they need this bond in games like this one as well as when they are playing effectively.

“They are a strong knit group of young men,” said Coach Dressen. “They are like brothers, and as a volleyball program, we try establishing a family aspect.”

Mustangs Fall in Non-Conference Match Up

The boys volleyball team enters the Friday, April 21, rematch against Lakes High School with a lot of momentum.  The team approached the game with a four-game winning streak, winning five of the last eight and had lost a close match the previous weekend in a county tournament against Lakes.

Before the game, Varsity Senior Jackson Steiner said, “I expect to win. We need to be energetic on the court, need to play as a team on the court and not as a bunch of individuals. Lakes is definitely beatable.”

The Mustangs ended up losing 25-19 in the first set and then 25-18 in the second set.

Game tension rises: After some bickering between both teams, the referee calls both captains over to have their teams cool down.

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