The Melrose-Mindoro volleyball team got its first Dairyland Conference win of the season with a victory over Lincoln last week.
The Lady Mustangs came back from a first-set loss to win the next three and claim the win on their home court Sept. 24.
“I could tell they wanted the win bad,” said Mel-Min head coach Jamie Koss. “They needed to feel the win and bring it back for a comeback.
“I’m very proud of the team and how they played. I told them they needed to run an offense and that is what they did.”
Mel-Min lost the first set 25-10 but then surged back to take the second set 25-14. The Lady Mustangs also won the next two sets (25-14, 25-11) to get the victory.
“The team fell in the first game but came out for the second game with much energy and intensity,” Koss said.
Meghan Ramsey and Abby Aasen led Mel-Min with four kills each. Megan Murray, Aasen, Jordan Paisley and Gretchen Yang each were 100 percent at the service line on the night.
Bailey Larson was the Lady Hornets’ kill leader with nine, Darby Schmidt had 22 assists and Mikayla Simmons added 17 digs.
The Lady Mustangs also took a four-set loss at Alma Thursday, where they failed to get into an offensive groove, Koss said.
Mel-Min won the first set 25-20 but lost the next three despite a good effort in the fourth set that fell short.
“We just couldn’t get into our groove and run an offense. We have been playing defense too much,” Koss said. “I told the girls that we need to run an offense to get on the board.
“They played an awesome first game and then just couldn’t make the next three work. The fourth game they tried so hard to come back.”
The Lady Mustangs lost the second set 25-11, the third 25-17 and the fourth 25-20.
“It’s frustrating to see the frustration on my girls’ faces when things aren’t clicking with offense. I tried everyone and we just couldn’t make it work,” Koss said.
“We need to capitalize on the other team’s errors and keep that momentum on our side of the court.”
Koss credited Trissa Patterson for “stepping up” in the Lincoln and Alma matches and taking on a bigger leadership role.
“That’s exactly what I need from our setters,” she said. “They’re the ones that run the offense.”
Patterson led the team with four kills, and Ashlee Hancock and Miranda Jones each added three. Yang, Paisley and Katie Kirchner all went 100 percent at the service line.
Mel-Min was scheduled to travel to Blair-Taylor Tuesday and will host Eau Claire Immanuel Thursday.
“I know that we will be ready to come out strong against Blair-Taylor and go for the win and run an offense,” Koss said.
“Our defense has been doing an awesome job keeping the ball alive.”