LADY MUSTANGS BID FOR REPEAT DASHED BY JENSEN BEACH
By SpaceCoastDaily // November 15, 2012
ABOVE VIDEO: Lady Mustang players and coaches talk about their quest for back-to-back state titles.
BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – The Merritt Island volleyball team’s bid for back-to-back state championships was dashed tonight as Jensen Beach defeated the Lady Mustangs.
After winning the first set, the reigning 5A state champion Lady Mustangs dropped three straight sets to Jensen Beach tonight at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee.
Merritt Island took the first set 25-19, then lost 25-16, 25-20 and 25-20. Morgan Van Alstine had 15 kills and Danielle Klein led the team in assists with 25, along with 21 digs.
Jensen Beach was led by Evin Foster and Meghan Conway, who combined for 35 kills.
HARD WORK, RICH TRADITION
The Mustangs enjoy a rich tradition of winning teams under Coach Patrick. In addition to being the reigning 5A state champion, Merritt Island has been District Champions for the past seven years in a row.
“Our volleyball program is unlike any other,” said Patrick. “We are a family bonded together by our love for the sport of volleyball. We have an outstanding coaching staff, dedicated players, and an enthusiastic fan crowd. Merritt Island Volleyball has many accomplishments because of their hard work, dedication, respect and love for the sport.”
Patrick is assisted with the the Mustang volleyball program by varsity assistant Jackie Oleksik, varsity assistant and JV head coach Rob Hansen, varsity assistant and Freshmen head coaches Alyssa Friedman and Louisa Montoya.
“We have worked very hard to get where we are,” said Patrick. “We train and condition restlessly until we meet our goals.”
Good luck, coach Patrick. I was always impressed with your program when I covered it as a sports writer at Hometown News.