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McDonald earns straight set victory over Waterloo

McDONALD — The Blue Devils made quick work out of Waterloo on Tuesday with a straight set winner, 25-11, 25-11, 25-12.

This is just the third year for the volleyball program, yet the Blue Devils improved their record to 4-1 and 2-1 in the MVAC, after posting an 8-15 record in 2019 and finishing 12-12 last season.

McDonald also has a new coach in Mike Klockner.

“There’s a lot of learning involved,” he said. “But, I’m surrounded by good coaches. I was an assistant the last two years here. The girls have been working hard and making my job a lot easier. McDonald always has good athletes. They play other sports. They’re competitors. They’ve picked up the game really quickly.”

They definitely have. The Blue Devils have three seniors with Brielle Robinson, Matti Srock and Mikki Williams on the roster. The seniors lead a talented group of underclassmen.

“The seniors do a great job,” Klockner said. “They’ve been here since the beginning. They’re leaders.”

Another leader is junior Maria Rasile. Rasile led McDonald with 16 assists Tuesday night as the Devils cruised past Waterloo.

“Our team played really well,” Rasile said. “Sometimes, we slow down in the third match. But, we kept up our energy. Everybody did what they were supposed to.”

The only thing that could stop McDonald from continuing to score was when play was halted for a moment in the third set because the ball got caught in the netting hanging from the rafters.

Rasile served up an ace, and sophomore Megan Klockner did as well making the score 12-5 in the third.

Megan Klockner had a game-high 11 service points to go along with 12 assists and 3 kills.

“We kept pushing,” she said. “We played our game. We want to keep winning and keep getting better. Hopefully, by the end of the season, we can make a run in the tournament.”

Sophomore Sheryaliz Bonilla had a team-high six digs and freshman Gianna Costantino led the way with 10 kills.

“They are both outstanding volleyball players,” coach Klockner said. “They’re fun to coach and they understand the game. Gianna is really advanced for only being a freshman. We’re really lucky to have her.”

Rasile closed out the match by touching the ball over the net, in just the right spot, where nobody could reach it.

“We rely on our serving to get an early jump on teams,” coach Klockner said. “Megan Klockner and Maria Rasile are our setters. They always set the tone for everybody else on the court. They communicate with the rest of the team by calling hits. It’s great to have two setters, on one team, of that caliber. We’re very fortunate with all of the talent that we have here.”

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