The Thomas More Prep-Marian volleyball team beat Victoria with relative ease Monday, but the result wasn’t all good for the Monarchs.
Midway through the second set, TMP middle blocker Melissa Pfeifer appeared to come down wrong on a block attempt. With Pfeifer lying underneath the net, the officials quickly halted play to allow the Monarchs’ coaches to tend to the senior who did not return to the match.
The severity of the injury is yet to be determined.
“We just wait, and we pray,” TMP coach Natausha Dreher said. “We support her. We just (have to) wait and see, because that’s about all we can do.”
At 5-foot-11,Pfeifer is a key cog in the Monarchs’ tall and talented front line. The good news for TMP is after the Monarchs play in Plainville today, they have a prolonged break from competition to either work Pfeifer back into the lineup or prepare a replacement. If it’s the latter, Dreher has faith her team will help whoever fills the void to do so gracefully.
“If we’re moving up another hitter, I know with the support of the other varsity girls — and the support of Mel — whoever it is that steps into that possession will do well,” the Monarchs’ coach said.
Pfeifer helped the Monarchs, who weren’t at their best, pick up a 25-17 win in the opening set.
“We played a little bit sloppy early,” Dreher said. “Our passing wasn’t up to par.”
TMP led 16-9 in the second set when play was stopped. After the break in play, the Monarchs carried on to win 25-14. At times, it can be hard to teams to focus on their performance after watching a teammate leave due to injury, but the Monarchs responded well throughout the remainder of the set.
“To finish off the second set, they just went, and that was fine,” Dreher said. “Actually, the beginning of the third set was a little more chaotic because we had to flip flop some things in a very short amount of time.”
Once the Monarchs adjusted to their new roles, they closed out the Knights with a 25-12 win in set three, completing the sweep.
Junior Madyson Koerner led the Monarchs’ hitters with eight kills, while sophomore Savannah Yost added three blocks. Senior libero Bailey Hageman anchored the defense with 13 digs.
The Monarchs improved to 21-3 Monday and will look for win 22 Tuesday in Plainville.