Lady Patriots win first match: MALC finally beats Needles 18-25, 28-25, 25-12, 25-13
BULLHEAD CITY — The Arizona Interscholastic Association 1A West Region Lady Patriots picked up their first official win of the the season.
Mohave Accelerated Learning Center has been triumphant in volleyball tournament matches this season, but the Patriots’ home victory against the Needles High School Lady Mustangs was their first league win.
After losing the first set of Monday night’s match to Needles 18-25, the Lady Patriots turned things around by winning three sets in a row: 28-25, 25-12, 25-13.
“They played really, really well,” said MALC head coach Vicky Hoyt by cell phone. “They just came out of the woodwork, and our high school has never beat Needles.
“It was a big deal and they were great.”
Hoyt went on describe how her Patriots beat the Mustangs.
“Although the backbone of the team is usually in its serving capacity, tonight points were racked up due to solid digs that translated into perfect passes, fast play, and relentless work at the net, hammering the California team with continual attacks, blocks and strategic tips,” said Hoyt by email. “This was one game that every player brought their best game and played for the team.”
Hoyt said seniors Lacy Woods and Sierra Demers played well in the back row for her Patriots.
The MALC head coach said seniors Summer Zimmeran and Madeline Mulligan hit and blocked well at the net.
“As one player, Madeline Mulligan, said at the end of tonight’s (match) in the huddle, ‘We all really played with heart.’ ”
“That really summed it up nicely.”
The victory improved the Patriots’ record to 1-10 overall, 0-4 in conference and 0-2 in region, according to aiaonline. org.
After the loss to the Patriots, the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 2A Southern League Mustangs’ record is 2-7 overall, 1-2 in league, according to MaxPreps.