Gov. Mifflin, playing for the first time since a tough loss in the Berks Boys Volleyball League final, showed its resilience by winning 3-0 over Conestoga Valley in a District 3 Class 3A first-round match Tuesday at Shillington.
The Mustangs won by game scores of 25-19, 25-20 and 25-23.
Sixth-seeded Gov. Mifflin (13-4) trailed in each set to 11th-seeded Conestoga Valley (7-8), but was able to come out on top in all three.
“We felt good,” Mustangs senior Tyler Knoop said about going into the match. “Like I said last time, ‘We’re a unit. We all know what each other’s strengths and weaknesses are.’ So we like to play to our strengths and we showed that here tonight.”
The Mustangs were out to prove themselves following a 3-2 loss to Exeter in the Berks final.
“It’s our senior season so no matter what we’re going to go out there and ball out,” Jonathan Ebling said. “Every game could be our last game, so we’re going out there to prove that we’re going to keep going on.”
In the second set, the Mustangs trailed 9-4 but did not hang their heads as they fought back to outscore the Buckskins 21-11.
In the third set, Gov. Mifflin trailed 20-19, but ended the final set on a 6-3 run to advance to the quarterfinals at third-seeded Central York (13-1) — a 3-0 winner over 14th-seeded Penn Manor Tuesday — Saturday at 11 a.m.
“We’re taking it one day at a time at this point,” Knoop said on bringing momentum to the next match. “We’re a bunch of seniors so it could be our last game. We just got to go out and keep using our momentum through practice and games to keep it going.”
Even with the dominant performance, the Mustangs’ seniors know there is still work to do.
“Just clean up the little stuff,” Ebling said on what the team can improve on. “There were a couple of errors that’s why we were sometimes getting down every set.”
“Clean up the stuff on our part and we have nothing to really worry about,” Knoop said.
Aidan Young had 12 kills and four aces for the Mustangs. Knoop had eight kills and seven blocks, and Ebling had 28 assists.
Source: Berkshire mont