The Melrose-Mindoro volleyball team is playing tough despite two losses last week.
The Lady Mustangs took Blair-Taylor to five sets on the road and also played hard against a tough Eau Claire Immanuel team, Mel-Min head coach Jamie Koss said.
The Blair-Taylor match in particular on Oct. 1 went back and forth and could have just as easily been a win for Mel-Min on the Wildcats’ “Dig Pink” night, Koss said.
“The games were evenly matched and the whole match could have went either way,” she said. “Overall, the girls played really well, and a match that goes to five games is always a good match.
“They got to experience winning, then losing, then coming back for a win and how to push to get to where we needed to be.”
The Lady Mustangs won the first set against the Wildcats 25-23, but the team fell 25-23 in each of the next two sets. Mel-Min bounced back to get a 25-17 win in the fourth set to push the match to a fifth set, but the Lady Mustangs came up just short with a 16-14 tiebreak loss.
“I am proud of the way they played because they didn’t give up and they dug deep and played with intensity and ran an offense to get the ball down,” Koss said.
“It was a tough loss, but we need to pick it up just a notch more.”
Megan Murray led Mel-Min in kills with 10, Miranda Jones had seven and Abby Aasen tallied five. Trissa Patterson led the team in assists with 23, and she, Jones and Jordan Paisley each were 100 percent at the service line.
“The girls played both offense and defense really well,” Koss said. “It was an intense match and no matter the outcome of the match, I am still proud of the way they played.”
Mel-Min also hosted Eau Claire Immanuel Thursday on parents and staff appreciation night.
The Lady Mustangs ended up taking a three-set loss but played a tough defensive game, Koss said.
“Going into the game, we knew we needed to light the match early. We know that ... Immanuel is always a tough team,” she said. “When we play teams like Immanuel, it is more of a defensive game.
“Our defense played tough and came up with some good digs and passes.”
Immanuel got a quick 25-8 win in the first set and got 25-11 and 25-12 wins in the second and third to seal the three-set win.
Koss said the team needs to work on its offensive execution in coming games.
“We still need to execute on the offensive end. When you play a good team like Immanuel, it tends to be more defensive, but we still need to come back with the attacks.
“We need to swing away and hit instead of tipping it over or pushing it over all the time.”
Murray led the team with six kills and Paisley added 10 digs on the night. Jones, Murray, Patterson, Aasen, Gretchen Jones and Paisley each were 100 percent serving.
Mel-Min was scheduled to travel to Gilmanton Tuesday and host Whitehall Thursday.