Holy Trinity honors Mullen, Yochim and Sands on Senior Night


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Holy Trinity seniors (from l-r) Olivia Yochim, Mackenzie Sands and Taylor Mullen pose with coach Pete Klonowski on Senior Night. The Tigers swept Cocoa Beach 3-0.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

Taylor Mullen has certainly seen her share of Senior Nights while growing up in the Holy Trinity volleyball program.

But Thursday night was different.

Because this time, it was Mullen who was the senior. She and teammates Olivia Yochim and Mackenzie Sands – who have been playing together since the eighth grade -- were honored before the Tigers swept Cocoa Beach to improve to 3-0 on the season.

“It always seemed so far away,” Mullen said of Senior Night. “For it to be here tonight, it was kind of surreal. But it was great to celebrate with two of my best friends.”

Mullen, Yochim and Sands all played big roles in Holy Trinity’s 25-11, 25-14, 25-18 victory over Cocoa Beach.

Sands was virtually unstoppable at the net, finishing with a team-high 10 kills. Yochim had eight kills, seven digs and four aces. Mullen finished with 27 assists and five aces.

Freshman libero Maya Collins also had a big night with 12 digs.

Tigers coach Pete Klonowski was happy with the way the Tigers were able to control the ball, and how they were able to dominate with their service game.

“We were working (Wednesday) on some attack strategy and I saw it early in the match – we were attacking down the line,” Klonowski said. “And then it kind of faded away. We’ve got to put a little more time in there to stress, when it’s available, we can attack line and be really successful there.

“In the middle of the game, we started hitting into the middle blocker. We started going over the middle blocker, right into (a part of the court) where they were digging a lot of balls. We were making it easy for them to defend. We’ve got to be a little more aggressive on our attack options.”

All three sets were similar in that, early on, the score was very close. But eventually, the Tigers would go on a nice run to put the match away.

“I’m pretty pleased,” Klonowski said. “They’re a solid team. But our serving has been exceptional. We give people fits. We make some errors, but we have an understanding of how much pressure we want to put on the other team.

“The more aggressive we are serving … it’s a little bit of a risk/reward system. And right now, we’re getting a lot of reward. Everything’s going really well in serve/serve receive.”

That’s good because the Tigers have a challenging week coming up with a road game at Edgewood on Monday, a trip to Viera on Wednesday and then a home match against Merritt Island on Saturday (Sept. 26).