By Hermela Hailemariam
George Mason High School’s varsity volleyball team soundly defeated Falls Church High School 3-0 (25-19, 25-6, 25-15) on Monday, Sept. 15, at Falls Church.
Mason head coach Eric Healey said the Mustangs were working to defend their position during each set. “I think we played as a team on every level, offensively and defensively,” Healey said. “We had great energy, which I think is something you can tell when you’re playing well… I’m proud of the way that they played today.”
Junior libero Mary Catherine Donovan, served 16 straight points to give the Mustangs an early 16-0 lead. “You have complete control over whether the ball crosses the net or not,” Donovan said. “I just try to focus on getting the ball across the net, in the court and do it one step at a time.”
According to Healey, the team members have good chemistry on and off the court, which is beneficial to have in a sport that requires the players to depend on one another. “We could have lost today, if we didn’t have our chemistry as a team,” said junior right side/middle hitter Carmen Whitaker.
Whitaker, a new player on the team, said the team is “well connected” despite graduating six players from last season’s roster. Senior setter Casey Sheehy, one of the only two seniors on the team said, “There is a lot of pressure that goes into a game when trying to win, but [as] a senior I’ve learned to shake it off throughout the years.”
The Mustangs are set to take on three different Bull Run District opponents over the next six days, starting with their match tonight against Clarke County High School at Clarke County, who is also one of Mason’s conference 35 rivals.
Mason takes on William Monroe High School on Monday at William Monroe ahead of their home match against another conference 35 opponent, Madison County High School, on Tuesday.