McIntosh Back On Track With Win Over Westminster
Although the McIntosh Chiefs have locked up the top spot in their region and have completed region competition, their season is still in progress and continued on Thursday when they hosted the Westminster Wildcats and Trinity Christian School Lions in a tri-match, their second of the week. After a split day on Tuesday in which the Chiefs fell to Blessed Trinity in the second match of the day, the Chiefs looked to get things back on track Thursday as they opened up the day taking on Westminster.
After dropping set one to the Wildcats, McIntosh found themselves battling in set two and looking to force a decisive set three. Late in the set, the Chiefs would go up two, taking a 20-18 lead, but the Wildcats would keep them in striking distance and go on a 3-0 run to take a 21-20 lead. However, determined not to let the set slip away from them, McIntosh would outscore Westminster 5-1 down the stretch to win the set 25-22.
As set three got underway, the two teams continued to battle closely but after Westminster took an early 4-2 lead following a Josephine Conley kill, McIntosh would go on a 7-1 run, taking a 9-5 lead. A lead that would appear to be enough to help the Chiefs maintain enough momentum to hold off the Wildcats and win the set 15-12, taking the match 2-1. “We definitely were off to a slow start,” McIntosh head coach Lauren Sanders said of the Chiefs match with Westminster.
And due to having to go a couple of days with no practice due to McIntosh hosting the area’s middle school volleyball championship, Sanders anticipated that the Chiefs would come out slow but she and her coaching staff were “proud of how they fought back, especially those last two sets. They definitely had the fight in them” Sanders added. And with just five regular season matches remaining before the state tournament, Sanders says that “there’s definitely a lot of work to be done,” in preparation.