|Vikings sweep Lady Jeffcats|
|Monday, October 08, 2012 1:34 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
DELPHOS — One volleyball coach was pleased with her team’s performance Saturday morning at the Jefferson Middle School.
The other was not.
The first was Jefferson coach Joy Early.
The second was Chelsea Rogers, whose Leipsic team came in with a 16-2 mark.
Despite a 54-minute 25-18, 25-12, 25-19 Lady Viking sweep of the host Lady Wildcats, emotions were perhaps opposite of what one might expect.
Early praised her junior-dominated squad for battling their powerful foe on even terms most of the match.
“That’s a good team we were competitive with for two of the three sets. We played very well,” Early explained. “We communicated well, we worked well together and we were intense. We were getting some good hits. The second set was one of those that we had to regroup after playing so hard the first set. That’s the one thing we are still seeking: consistency to play intense each and every set, even in that situation.”
Rogers was not so praiseworthy of her team.
“We’re going to go back to school and practice; I am not happy with how we played this morning,” Rogers explained. “We had a tough and emotional match Thursday and played well then; that’s no excuse for not playing with emotion today. We served poorly, we didn’t move our feet well, especially in the back row, and just didn’t play our style. We were too lackluster.”
The Red and White (7-12) got off quickly; three aces by junior Rileigh Stockwell (4 aces, 7 digs) led to a 5-1 spread. Back came the powerful Vikings behind big hitters such as Kelly Nadler (13 kills, 14 digs) and Amber Gerdeman (9 kills, 3 stuffs, 3 aces). They took the lead at 7-6 on a serving error by the Wildcats (11 for the match versus 8 aces) and never looked back, rolling up a 17-8 edge on a Lady ’Cat hitting miscue (17 for the match). However, the hosts were not done; a missed serve by the Purple and Gold (11 for the match vs. 10 aces) spurred a 7-1 span to get within 18-14 in a hitting error by the visitors (13 for the match). A missed serve stopped the momentum and the Vikings had the finishing kick. A kill by Nadler on set point put the visitors up 1-0.
The Vikings came out much better the second set, taking leads of 7-1, 10-2 and 12-3 behind the tall timbers up front, especially the long and lengthy Nadler and Gerdeman. The Wildcats could not recover this time. The Vikings continued to build their lead and went up two sets on a spike off the back row by Emily Schecklehoff.
The third set was not going to follow that script as the Wildcats got back to the play they had in the first set; battling for every point. There were nine ties before the visitors took the lead for good at 13-12 as Nadler put down a bomb on an assist from Emily Ellerbrock (25 assists). The visitors built up the biggest lead of the set at 20-15 on a push into the corner by Nadler. The hosts fought back within 20-18 on a Viking mis-hit but no closer. A spike off the Wildcat block by Nadler sealed the sweep.
The Wildcats received five kills from junior Katelyn Goergens (9 digs), 10 assists by sophomore Brooke Culp (5 digs), three aces by junior Kamie Pulford, 17 digs and three kills by senior Fallon Van Dyke, three kills and six digs by junior Lindsay Deuel and three kills by junior Kenidi Ulm.
Haley Gerten added three aces, four kills and nine digs for the visitors.
“In the end, it came down to them having too many big hitters,” Early added. “It’s tough to defend a team like that for so long. Even when they weren’t hitting it hard, they are adept at finding the holes in your defense and playing them well. I hope this is a sign of good things to come.”
In junior varsity action, Leipsic won 25-13, 25-6.
Jefferson visits Wayne Trace 6 p.m. today, while Leipsic visits McComb.