Mighty Macs state their case away from home
In an attempt to again become the best volleyball team in the state, Mother McAuley has gone outside the state for preparation.
Coach Jen DeJarld’s strategy has been to go wherever the competition is fiercest, and for the past two weekends that’s sent the Mighty Macs on road trips. Last weekend McAuley appeared at the 24-school Louisville Invitational and went 4-1 against a string of heavy hitters, a performance good enough to net the Macs runner-up status at the prestigious event.
“These last two weekends, traveling out of state and playing five of the nation’s top teams, was a great experience for us,” DeJarld said. “The reason we compete in those matches is to be fully tested early on and also to make us aware of what our deficiencies are.
“I think from one week the level of our play has increased dramatically — the speed of our play has definitely increased. We’ve made a lot of improvements in just one week. I’m really happy at the place we’re at right now.”
McAuley began play in Louisville with wins over two Kentucky programs: Holy Cross (25-10, 25-15) and Dunbar (25-11, 25-17). Kelsey Clark put down eight of her tournament-total 25 kills in the victory over Dunbar.