VALLEY — It’s getting to the point in the season where teams are hopefully fortifying for the postseason and starting to play their best volleyball.
For defending Class C-1 champion Wahoo, this seems to be the case because the third-ranked Warriors are currently on a roll. Saturday afternoon might’ve been a preview of what the Warriors have in store for the coming weeks as they swept No. 6 Syracuse 25-20, 25-17, 25-21 to claim the Nebraska Capitol Conference title.
The win was momentous, but Wahoo coach Trish Larson knows her team can still reach greater heights before the title defense truly begins in early November.
“We played OK, we’re working on consistency, but overall it was just OK,” Larson said. “We worked really hard defensively, but I felt offensively we didn’t connect as well as we could have. We know what we need to work on moving forward.”
One Warrior who was hitting consistently and aggressively was freshman Mya Larson, who has put together quite a campaign in her first season of high school volleyball. She led the Warriors with 16 kills in the win and was the standout offensive weapon on a team full of talent.
“I’m very proud of (Mya), but you have to give credit to the players around her, too,” Larson said. “Elle Glock is an amazing setter and those two have a really great connection, so that’s really helped her out this season."
Mya’s older sister, senior Elly Larson, is also an important cog in the Warriors' attack and she finished with 13 kills while Glock kept the Syracuse defense guessing with 33 set assists that facilitated the Wahoo offense.
The dominant offensive performance handed Syracuse just its second loss of the season. The Rockets didn’t play poorly, per se, but Wahoo’s size overwhelmed them at points.
“I don’t think we played a bad match, but obviously we see what we need to improve upon and go from there,” Syracuse coach Courtney VanGroningen said. “Wahoo just has so many options up front and they’re a big team. We’ve done well all season up to this point, so we want to peak at the end and just finish the season strong.”
Sophomore Jessie Moss carried the Rockets through most of the match, finishing with 13 kills to lead Syracuse in the loss.
The two teams will meet again at the end of October in the last match of the season that could act as a barometer for both teams as they head into the postseason.
“This match might give our girls a little incentive to go out and play our best and be the best,” VanGroningen said.