After a sloppy game two loss left Halifax Academy and Kerr Vance knotted at one game each, the Lady Vikings were searching for a spark. It came in the form of sophomore Megan Kessinger, as the team sporting the kelly green jerseys rolled to consecutive wins to defeat the visiting Spartans 3-1.
Tied at 3-3 in game three, Megan Mohorn toed the service line for the Lady Vikings. By the time Kerr Vance earned a side out, Mohorn had scored 10 consecutive service points. She may have thanked teammate Megan Kessinger. The sophomore had a block at the net to extend the lead to 5-3, then continued to dominate in the 10-point stretch with two more blocks at the net and four kills.
“I didn’t really know what I was doing,” Kessinger said. “It was a lot of fun out there. This is the best game I’ve ever had.”
Halifax Academy (9-4, 5-3) head coach Wendy Tickel was not surprised.
Kessinger was part of the plan after Tickel called a time out.
“She is a really smart player,” Tickel said. “During the time out I told her she needed to score short and in the middle to score. We had Megan Mohorn at the line, and she is one of our best servers. We’ve been working on trying to outsmart our opponents after losing (Monday) to St. Davids. We are trying to find a weak spot in our opponents and work there. We didn’t do it in the second game. Our fundamentals weren’t there, but we came back and played fundamentally well the last two games.”
After grabbing the 13-4 advantage in the third game, the Lady Vikings cruised to a 25-14 win. Jamie Harris scored the first two points from the service line in the fourth game and Halifax Academy never relinquished the lead. Harris closed the deal with an ace for a 25-16 win.
The Lady Vikings won the first game 25-10. Kerr Vance avoided the shutout with a 25-22 win in the second game.
Despite the heavy losses to graduation from last season’s squad, Tickel and the players are not surprised at the success the squad has had this season.
“I’m not surprised at all,” Kessinger said. We have a lot of talented players on this team.”
Halifax Academy is still a work in progress.
“We’re still very young,” Tickel said. “We’re still trying to find some chemistry. It’s starting to come together. Hopefully we will have it before the end of the season.”