|Mustangs ride past Lady Wildcats|
|Friday, October 04, 2013 12:11 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
HARROD — Jefferson had already played two 5-set thrillers earlier this week — both wins — when they hit the road to Allen East High School Thursday night in Northwest Conference volleyball action.
Alas for the Lady Wildcats, they couldn’t come up with the same type of effort this night as the host Lady Mustangs got the 25-17, 22-25, 25-21, 25-15 victory at The Corral.
“We saw a different team tonight than we did the last two matches. We came out flat and that was disappointing,” Jefferson coach Joy DeVelvis noted. “Apparently, we had something else on our minds tonight; we weren’t focused on volleyball and it showed from the start.”
With Allen East (9-9, 4-4 NWC) hosting its Senior Night, they took the lead right off the bat in the opening set on a hitting error by the Lady ’Cats (7-12, 1-6) — an area they struggled with all night long with 28 for the match — and a pair of aces by junior Carly Clum (4 aces; 13 kills) got the hosts rolling. With the Red and White committing 10 hitting errors in the first set alone, they could never really get on a run to keep pace with their counterparts. With senior Madison Winegardner (16 assists; 7 kills; 3 aces) setting much of the tone, as well as Clum, the hosts steadily pulled away. Clum put down a hit off the Jefferson defense on set point to take the first.
“We came out hitting well tonight. We were getting good passes and good sets so our hitters could do well,” Allen East coach Dave Haberman noted. “We didn’t quite do it as well the second set but they rediscovered the formula in the last two. Not only did we did well at hitting, we also got a lot of touches at the net. Either they were outright blocks or we slowed down their hits enough for our back row to dig them up.”
The Wildcats seemed to settle down more in the second and a serving error by the hosts (10 for the match) gave them early momentum to a 5-0 lead on a second-hit kill by junior Brooke Culp (15 assists; 4 kills; 2 aces). They eventually built a 10-2 lead on a hitting error by the Mustangs (22 overall). However, a kill by senior Kaycee Rowe (16 kills; 18 digs) started the Mustangs on an 8-0 spurt to tie the set at 10 on an ace by sophomore Kylie Wyss (4 aces). The set stayed close the rest of the way but the Wildcats, with senior Katie Goergens (12 kills) and classmate Lindsey Deuel (13 kills) leading the effort, had the better of the play. When senior Rileigh Stockwell (4 kills; 4 digs) bombed one to the Mustang side of the court, the match was tied 1-1.
The third set was tight in the early going as both teams were getting more touches at the net. However, a stuff by junior Aubrey Woods gave the hosts a lead they never relinquished. That started a 7-0 span — all but one on winners — that gave Allen East a cushion. Try as they might, the visitors couldn’t quite make up the difference, getting within 21-20 on a Deuel ace. A spike hit out of bounds broke the Wildcat momentum and the Mustangs finished it off with a kill by Rowe for a 2-1 set lead.
The fourth set followed a similar pattern as its predecessor — close early — but once a kill by junior Audrey Rodriguez gave the home team a 6-5 lead, they never gave it back. However, this time, they slowly pulled away and when the Wildcats hit the ball out of bounds on match point, the night was over.
“We know what we have to do; we just have to go out and do it,” DeVelvis added. “We have the potential — we have shown it in enough spots this year; we just have to make up our minds we’re going to execute.”
Jefferson won the junior varsity match in two sets.
The Wildcats host Wayne Trace 6 p.m. Monday.
Allen East visits LCC Tuesday.