Admittedly, it was a different kind of year for the MOC-Floyd Valley volleyball team. With six juniors and a sophomore in the rotation, they knew they had their work cut out.
"With any team, we all had to step up as our own leaders and I think that really pushed us to be better," Junior Alexis Conaway said.
By seasons end, the Dutch found themselves in uncharted territory. Not just in the postseason, but playing for a state championship.
"The girls worked so hard," Head Coach Jon Mouw said. "It's their first time down here and we figured lets just keep doing the things that we've already been doing and see what happens."
Tied at two sets a piece against Union, the title would be decided in a decisive fifth set. After exchanging rallies and leading 8-7, Union went on a 7-3 run to take a commanding 14-11 advantage. Coach Mouw called a timeout.
"We just told each other one point at a time," Conaway said. "This game isn't over yet. You never know what can happen and instead of coming apart, we all banded together."
"Well, nobody will probably admit it, but it was going through our heads like oh my god, we need to do this," junior Shelby Schouten added.
The Dutch responded, staving off three match points, ending the match on a 6-1 run of their own to claim their first title in school history.
"We went through a lot of hard practices and we hated it really bad," Schouten said. "But, now we know it was all worth it in the end. And, it really paid off."
"What can I say other than I love my girls," Mouw said. "They play so hard. They never give up. And we did it. What else can I say."
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