|Lady ‘Birds control Wildcats in volleyball|
|Friday, September 20, 2013 12:26 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
LIMA — Jefferson’s volleyball team struggled to get much of anything going Thursday night inside Msgr. E.C. Herr Gymnasium, falling 25-10, 25-14, 25-10 to host Lima Central Catholic in non-league action.
The Lady Thunderbirds (9-5) led from start to finish.
In the opening set, a kill off the back row by Madison Butts (10 kills; 3 stuffs) on the opening point put the hosts in the lead for good. A controversial point that went LCC’s way and a rotation violation didn’t help matters for the Lady Wildcats. Senior setter Sydney Mohler (27 assists; 4 aces) used Butts (6 kills in the first set) and senior Lauren Jennings (4; 10 for the match) in particular to carry the day. The home team also took advantage of 10 hitting errors for the Red and White (3-7) in the first set alone (20 for the match) to take command early and roll away. When Butts — off an assist from Mohler — hit a cross-court kill on set point, LCC was up 1-0.
“That point that went against us and then our rotation got us out of whack from the start. It messed up our rotation and we never really got going early,” Jefferson coach Joy DeVelvis noted. “We were just sluggish from the start in our effort.”
Sophomore Natalie Snider put down a spike off the Wildcat defense to open set two and the hosts quickly built a 5-0 edge on a Jennings stuff and three aces by Mohler. Steadily the hosts built up a lead, despite coming four service errors (9 for the match versus 11 aces) and six hitting miscues. The only Lady Wildcats that had any real success against the hosts were senior Katie Goergens — two stuffs (5 kills; 3 stuffs) — senior Rileigh Stockwell — a kill (4 kills overall) and classmate Lindsay Deuel — a stuff. When junior Casey Clark (3 aces) put in an ace on set point, LCC had a commanding 2-0 edge in sets.
“We like to serve aggressively. That means that sometimes, you will make mistakes,” LCC coach Wes Horstman said. “You have to take the bad with the good. We felt we had a pretty good chance to win the match and it’s always nice to get everybody in and get them playing time.”
A kill off the Jefferson back row to open the third set by Butts got LCC on the right track. The Red and White did stay close early, moving within 7-5 on a Deuel spike off the LCC defense. However, a second-hit push off the defense by Mohler put the serve in Clark’s hands and that started a 6-0 spurt. From then on, it was a matter of time and when Snider put down an overpass on match point, the sweep was complete.
“Our serve-receive was not good tonight. We couldn’t move our feet to get behind the ball,” Develvis added. “Even when we did, we struggled to get the good pass and couldn’t run our offense.”
In junior varsity action, LCC (8-3) downed the Wildcats (2-7) 25-12, 25-15.
Jefferson is in the Cory-Rawson Invitational starting 10 a.m. Saturday, with a guarantee of three matches.
LCC is at Parkway Monday.