Maryville volleyball is looking to continue its dominance to start the season, despite losing starters in their rotation to quarantine.
The ’Hounds are currently sitting at 2-0 on the year without losing a set. They started their season with a sweep of Benton and followed that with a sweep of East Buchanan.
Three hours before the season started, the program found out that sophomore Rylee Vierthaler would miss time due to being in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Days later, senior Jordyn Suchan was ruled out after being a close contact with a carrier of COVID.
“I was really bummed out when I got the news,” Suchan said. “It is my senior year, and now I will be missing out on five games.”
With the loss of two starters, the ’Hounds will look to other key girls in their lineup. The varsity team has explored the options of bringing up talent from the junior varsity team, but it is a work in progress.
“It is definitely frustrating because it is all out of our control,” senior libero Klarysa Stoltle said. “Although, I think it gives us even more motivation to win, for the girls who are stuck at home watching from their phones.”
Before finding out she was going to have to sit out, Suchan had scored one point and had gone 57% percent on serves. Being an outside hitter, she had not seen much time at the net to score.
“I think the team will have to make some adjustments, but I definitely believe they’ll be prepared,” Suchan said. “We have a strong group of girls, so I know there will be someone to step up and fill the position.”
The ’Hounds came into the 2020 season with the understanding from MSHSAA that there are guidelines set to keep the girls safe. With a lot of uncertainty in the air as to what is going to happen with the rest of the season, the ’Hounds look to compete each opportunity they get.
“We didn’t even expect to make it this far in the season,” Stolte said. “We figured MSHSAA would have shut us down by now.”
What lies ahead for Maryville volleyball is a matchup against Bishop Leblond Sept. 10 in the ’Hound Pound.
“Even with the short numbers, I am confident in saying that we can find a way to make things work, because we all have the same end goal on this team,” Stolte said. “I think the best we can do is communicate through these sketchy circumstances and know we have one goal in mind.”