MSD men’s varsity volleyball team has dominant win against Cooper City


Quinn Braun

Center Tom Hefner (11) and the MSD men’s volleyball team celebrate winning a set at their home match.

On Wednesday, April 6, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas men’s varsity volleyball team played at home against the Cooper City Cowboys.

The Cowboys have struggled throughout the season, and Douglas was looking to bounce back from their loss against Cypress Bay High School. Cypress Bay crushed the MSD Eagles 3-0, leaving them disconsolate and bringing down their record to 3-5.

The Eagles got off to a slow start in the beginning of the first set. They allowed Cooper City to keep the round close with errand sets from setters and spikes from hitters.

“There were some difficulties before the game which didn’t allow us to warm-up, so in a way the first set was our warm-up,” libero Jase Perkins (22) said.

However, MSD was still playing well enough to lead for the entire set. The Cowboys struggled to operate on offense and defense.

The Eagles kept on hitting the balls back any time the Cowboys hit it to them. The Cowboys could not get any momentum.

Douglas was still able to pull out a victory in the first set of the match, winning 25-21 and gaining the momentum they needed as they entered the next set.

Douglas came out strong as the second set began. They built a rhythm, passes were more on point and hitters were in better position. MSD got off to a big lead to start the set and had a 8-2 lead.

They kept control of this lead as they dominated the whole game.

The Eagles took this lead and did not look back, as they went on to blowout Cooper City in the second set, winning 25-13.

“As a team we got comfortable in the second set. We were set back in the first, but we were able to pick it up.” right-side hitter and center Tom Hefner (11) said.
In the third set, it was the same story. MSD played even better in the third set and continued to dominate, as their serves were too much for the Cowboys to handle.

Cooper City was not able to adapt to the Eagles play until the end of the set as they surged a comeback, but it was not enough in the end.

“[The game] was definitely a confidence booster for us, and I think we showed what we can truly do,” outside hitter Santiago Gerardi (10) said.
The Eagles are looking to build off this great win against a strong Western team on Wednesday, April 13, that of which is currently on a four game win streak.