Despite Captain’s Injury, ‘Stang Volleyball Team Nets Two Wins

Senior captain and middle hitter Natalie Farrell might be out for the season with a torn meniscus, but that didn’t stop her teammates on the George Mason High School varsity volleyball team from bringing in two wins this past week and advancing their season record to 12-4.

The Mustangs faced William Monroe High School last Thursday, and left the team scoreless at 3-0.

Their matchup last Tuesday at Central High School posed a greater challenge, with the team losing its first game 27-29. Still, the girls came back to win the next three games (25-17, 25-21 and 25-20) to win overall, 3-1.

These games were rematches for the teams, as the Mustangs played and won against both teams last month.

“As the season progresses it is only natural that teams develop more chemistry, and William Monroe and Central were no exception,” Coach Erik Healey said. “Both teams came out looking to beat us, but our team maintained their composure and focus. We played incredibly smart against both teams.”

Their next two games, against Strasburg High School and Madison County High School, will again see this year’s Mustangs play a familiar foe, but the games the girls played against those two schools resulted in losses.

“Our team is hungry to beat Strasburg and Madison,” Healey said. “Our girls want to show everyone that we belong in the top tier of teams in our district. The last time we played both of these teams we showed the skill to beat them, but ended up making too many mistakes to overcome.”

Healey sees this week’s practice as crucial because senior and formerly outside hitter Rachel Bell will be stepping in for Farrell as middle hitter. According to Healey, however, the change in lineup may bring an “element of surprise” against their opponents.

“I look to [Junior Setter] Maddie Johnson to continue to hold our offense together and to Senior Libero Nicole Philbin to be the focal point of our defense,” Healey said. “If we play the way I know we can, then we can win both of these games.”

The Mustangs play at Strasburg High School Thursday at 7 p.m., and will host Madison County High School Tuesday at 7 p.m.