After going down two games to none, the Thunder mounted a 3-set comeback to pull out a 3-2 win over the Wildcats in the Competitive Sports men’s volleyball game of the week Nov. 2.
The women’s volleyball league game featured before the men’s game saw the Spartans beat the Hawks, 3-1.
The Spartans started strong, winning the first two games and riding the early lead through to the end.
During the third game, the Hawks pulled within one set with spikes, blocks and clean passes.
Caleb Marcy, a sophomore studying exercise physiology and the coach of the Hawks, said as soon as the third game began, the Hawks stepped their game.
Despite the Hawks’ efforts to tie and send the game to a fifth and deciding set, the Spartans took the victory in the fourth.
After the Spartans won their game in women’s volleyball, the Wildcats and Thunder competed in the men’s volleyball game for the night.
The Wildcats took the first two games, winning by 8 and 9 points. Their fans cheered louder and louder with each win, matching the game’s intensity and energy.
Laura Walton, a senior studying photography and the coach of the Thunder, said that even though they were behind 2-0, her team wanted to win the game, and she believed that they had the skill to do it.
Thunder fans were rewarded at the end of the third and fourth games when their team took the two games with close wins, 25-23 and 25-17.
With the teams tied at two games apiece, a fifth and deciding set was played in order to determine the victor.
Fans of both teams cheered for the players as they fought point by point, but in the end, the Thunder took the set 15-8 and won the match, completing the 3-set comeback.
“I am so proud of my boys,” Walton said. “Like [the players] always say, we have nothing to lose; nothing to lose at all, so we play our hardest and play with heart and that’s all that we can do. And if we win, that’s what makes [playing] the best.”
The Competitive Volleyball season continues Nov. 9 in the John W. Hart building. According to www.imleagues.com, men’s games start at 11 a.m. and women’s games start at 6 p.m. in the main and auxiliary gyms.