ROCHESTER — The Troy High volleyball season came to a close Nov. 6, and with it, first-year Troy coach Vince Muscat said goodbye to what he called the best senior class he’s ever coached.
The Colts lost to Birmingham Seaholm 25-16, 25-20 and 29-27 in a Class A regional semifinal at Rochester High.
“(The seniors are) going to have success in life because of the way they carry themselves on the court,” he said. “They’re just a reflection of their parents, their school, their work ethic. … Troy is going to miss every single one of them.”
Lindsay Brown, Marcella Sanabria, Hope Keating, Julie Welch, Nicole Hahn, Lindsay Moeller and Alexsys Pullen make up the senior volleyball class.
“As I stick around longer and longer, it’ll be more of my team, but this is the seniors’ team right here,” Muscat said. “The success of this team is because of them.”
The Colts finished 32-21 overall, and with a district championship.
Moeller said the success came from the team’s closeness.
“We had a lot of returners from last year, which I really think helped, and we took care of our underclassmen. We’re all really close on and off the court. It’s not just for show,” she said. “I’m just really happy with our progress.”
Against Seaholm, a team the Colts lost to in five games during the regular season, Troy fell behind 4-0 in the first game and never threatened.
In game two, the Colts started off strong and scored the first three points, but the Maples eventually regained their footing and led by as many as eight points before closing out the game.
In the final, Troy led 16-14 before Seaholm went on an 8-1 run to take control. The Colts battled back, fighting off four match points before the game ended.
“Seaholm just outworked us, bottom line,” Muscat said. “Kudos to them. That’s the most improved team I’ve seen in the league.”