Lely volleyball team loses to Palmetto Ridge

By Roger LaLonde

staff, rjlalonde@marcoeagle. com

The Senior Night for the Lely volleyball team did not end the way it wanted. The Lady Trojans lost their final home match to Palmetto Ridge on Thursday night.

Margaux Mergue and Dommi Padilla revved up the team, even though Mergue injured her right thumb early in the first game.

“Margaux, our outside hitter, had to be used sparingly after she was injured,” coach Daniel Selvey said. “Dommi had some really strong kill shots.”

The team, 8-11, travels to First Baptist Academy on Tuesday and closes out its regular season with a game at the Community School on Wednesday. Both matches are at 7 p.m.

Class 4A-District 12 tournament plays begins on Oct. 26.

With the loss on Thursday night, Lely ends up as the sixth seed and will have to play three-seed Palmetto Ridge at Naples who is the tourney host.

“This was a tough loss as we get ready for the tournament,” Selvey said. “Our opponents in the past two weeks haven’t been very tough. We still need to get into the flow more when we play a team like Pametto Ridge who has improved since we last played them.” Both matches ended in Lely losses.

On Thursday night Lely lost in three games, 25-18, 25-16, 25-23.

Selvey’s exuberant coaching style drew him a yellow card in the third game, which meant he could not walk the sidelines talking to his players. The score at the time was Palmetto Ridge 7, Lely 4. The Lady Trojans rallied, taking the lead at 16-15 and led 23-22 when Palmetto Ridge scored the last three points. The winning point was questionable as a Palmetto Ridge player went into the net on the winning shot.

“When the game got intense, we were able to keep our composure and play our game,” said Maria Delvecchio, Palmetto coach.

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