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Ryan volleyball wins close five-set game against MLS

Ciara Parizek/MDN Bishop Ryan middle hitter Chinelo Udekwe sends the ball over the net on Thursday evening against MLS in Minot.

The Bishop Ryan volleyball team defeated the Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood Mavericks on Thursday evening 3-2 by set scores of 23-25, 25-6, 20-25, 25-15, 15-9.

The sets went back and forth between the two teams.

Ryan volleyball coach Nicholas Theis said he was very happy about winning the second set with a final score of 25-6.

“When we come together, there’s really good moments,” he said. “I felt like, offensively, a big kill for us was a big kill. It’s just stringing together.”

The MLS head volleyball coach Justice Brown had nothing but great things to say about her team.

“The girls were really high-energy tonight and the communication was really, really good,” she complimented. “And even if we got down by a few points or even by a bigger deficit, they still kept that energy up and we’re in the game to come back.”

Things coming together for the Lions and the high energy of the Mavericks were evident throughout all five sets. The long rallies had the crowd and the teams screaming in excitement. During the first set, it went by nearly point for point. They were tied 23-23, and everyone was on edge to see who would score those last two points and claim the set.

The Mavericks reached 25 points and started out strong in the second set, but the Lions made a huge comeback, winning it 25-6.

Over the net it went, multiple times, showing the skill and desire of every player. Brown agreed.

“Yeah, the long rallies are always fun,” she said. “When you get to the end, you’re like, ‘Okay, what point are we on? Who’s serving? Where are we at?’ You just kind of get lost.”

In the face of the win, Theis was confident about his team growing as the season went on.

“I don’t want to go five (sets),” Theis said. “Obviously you want to win. You know, you just want to win your sets, but at the same time, just with the season and the COVID stuff going, five just means more reps for us. So maybe it’s not a bad thing, and hopefully we can look at it that way and build off it.”

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