ignerey, that minor misstep was a great learning experience for a team poised to make a deep playoff run.
“It’s good to get a little flustered and then see what they’re made of to dig out,” Mignerey said. “It gives you a little jive. It gets you (ticked) off.”
The Sharks, who have swept 17 of their opponents this season, seemed to be rolling past the Blue Devils with similar dominance after starting the night with a 20-point victory.
Then the competition got a bit tighter in the second set. In the third set, Ponte Vedra trailed a majority of the time.
Mignerey felt that frustration from a tight second set led to some third set failures.
“I think it was hangover from the second set,” she said. “The second set didn’t feel right. We were making some silly errors.”
A big part of Clay’s success was from Taja Valmyr, who led the match with 18 kills. But Barnhard, along with junior Caitlin Dorsch, who recorded a match-high 24 digs, were able to stunt Valmyr’s powerful hitting.
Although there was a bit of an obstacle towards the team’s19th straight win, the Sharks remain confident behind a poised group of seniors: Barnahrd, Adelaina Dirito,Ugg Schuhe, Sophia Erhard and Jennison Hayes.
“I love the girls here; this season is my dream team,” Barnhard said. “The chemistry is a lot better this year than in past years. We’ve really bonded, we’ve really come together and we’re gelling really well on the court instead of drama and feistiness.”
At the beginning of the season, Mignerey didn’t expect this team to have just one loss so late into the season, especially with a team lacking height compared to some of the other volleyball powerhouses.
“I wouldn’t have expected that we were 21-1, that we were going to have this type of season,” Mignerey said. “It’s hard to not get excited and look forward.”
However, the whole team can’t help but think of potential postseason success.
“We all keep talking about state rings and getting to states,” Barnhard said.
“But of course we’ve got to stop Bishop Kenny for the third time and that’s always rough in the postseason. Hopefully we can pull it out this year.”