Milford's young volleyball team played well for four sets, but eventually fell to McKean High School 3-1 Monday afternoon at the Highlanders gym. "We played in a new formation, and we weren't quite adjusted to it yet," said Milford coach Shawn Snyder, "We're happy with the progress we're making, and we'd like to make it faster."
The Lady Buccaneers, in only their fourth varsity season, came out strong in the first set before falling 28-26.
The Bucs had a chance to claim the first set, but the Lady Highlanders rallied late to pull out the victory.
McKean came out very strong in second set, winning easily 25-14.
To their credit, the Lady Bucs played well in the third set, and came away with a 27-25 victory to force the fourth set.
McKean jumped to a big lead, and held on for 25-22 victory to win the match and their first win of the season.
The Bucs fell behind 24-16, but rallied for six straight points before losing the deciding point.
"We feel that that wasn't the best product we can produce this year on the court. So we have a lot to improve on, but the girls have a good attitude, they didn't quite and they fought to the last point," Snyder said.
Snyder also said he feels there's a lot of fight left in his team for the rest of the year.
The Bucs were led by Patricia Delva with 4 kills and 9 aces. Xionishka Figueroa had 7 kills and 2 aces, while Raven Williams had 2 kills and 5 aces and Madison Rogers had 2 kills and 4 aces.
McKean coach Cassie Lesniczak said it was great to get their first win of the season."Yes, we played really hard, and I'm really proud of them, they did a really good job, and they played their hearts out," she said.
Coach Lesniczak said the team's Libero, Alexis Newton, had a very good game, "She played more than any other player today. I kept substituting her in, and she did a phenomenal job, and she worked harder than any other player."
McKean is now 1-1 on the season and will play the Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security Friday afternoon.Milford was scheduled to play Christiana High School on Tuesday, and will host Smyrna on Thursday afternoon at 5 p.m.