By Mark Schmetzer, Enquirer contributor
Mason went into Tuesday’s Greater Miami Conference volleyball match against Sycamore with a half-game lead over the visiting Aviators in the GMC standings.
The Comets enjoyed a slightly wider advantage over Sycamore and a half-game lead over Oak Hills only because they pulled out a close match, edging the Aviators, 25-17, 25-20, 26-24, 28-26.
Mason (10-2, 4-0) came back from deficits of 23-18 and 24-21 and fought off three game points to pull out the fourth game, only clinching in on junior setter-outside hitter Katie Puisis’s kill.
“It was crazy,” said senior outside hitter Molly Tucker. “We couldn’t hear the people in the stands. We could only hear each other on the court.”
Tucker recognized the importance of the win, even though it’s still early in the season, for a team that hasn’t won a GMC crown since joining the conference in 2007.
“This is huge,” she said. “We just think we have such a connection on this team that we definitely have a chance of going far.”
Junior Ally King led the Comets with 14 kills, while Puisis posted a team-high 22 assists and junior libero Kayla Rotund logged 24 digs.
Junior outside hitter Olivia Wells also had 14 kills to lead Sycamore (9-3, 2-1). Junior setter Kristy Russell finished with 44 assists while senior libero-outside hitter Kara Marth piled up 45 digs.
“You can’t take anything away from Sycamore,” Mason coach Tiann Keesling said. “(Wells) pretty much controlled us, and their libero made some great plays.”
Mason’s defense was the key, Sycamore coach Greg Ulland said.
“We got some good swings,” he said. “We just hit it where they were.”
Sycamore led the first game, 6-5, before Mason took control with a 6-0 run sparked by two King kills. Back-to-back service points by sophomore setter Emily Malsch gave the Comets a 21-11 lead.