Women of Troy fall to Kennedy in three sets

West’s volleyball team played Kennedy for their first game of the 2020-2021 season on Aug. 25.

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Alyssa Skala

Emma Stammeyer ’24 sets the ball against Kennedy on Aug. 25.

Despite the many changes and new mandatory rules, the Women of Troy volleyball team returned to the court to play Kennedy in their season opener on Aug. 25. With only a third of last year’s starters returning to the court this year, West is continuing to struggle to develop an experienced team. Freshmen Emma Stammeyer and Melae’ Lacy made their varsity debuts as they await their first high school classes a week from today. 

The pace of play is definitely a lot quicker and better [than junior high]. I feel like I’m connecting with the team well and am excited for the rest of the season. ”

— Emma Stammeyer '24

Early in the game the Women of Troy gave up easy points to the Cougars by being out of rotation on two separate plays. West fell behind 6-11 in the first set. Stellar sets by Stammeyer and Emma Dunlap ’22 led to multiple kills by Mayowa Dokun ’22 and Mckenna Proud ’21 later in the first set, but even with hard hitters West couldn’t quite get a lead on Kennedy. After multiple failed serves by the Women of Troy and low energy level on the court, the Cougars racked up points to win the first set 22-25. 

Finding the pace in the second set went much smoother for West at the start. The set was back and forth until Kennedy pulled away after a tied score of 10. The second set ended with a score of 18-25.

Losing motivation and drive in the third set, West handed Kennedy their first victory of the season going 0-3 in tonight’s game. 

The Women of Troy will be looking to reset at their next game at North Scott High School on Aug. 27.