|Versatile Bulldog netters broom away Lady Jays|
|Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:14 AM|
COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove’s volleyball team is looking to secure the top seed at the Findlay Division III Sectional during the draw Sunday.
St. John’s would testify to that effect after seeing the Lady Bulldogs sweep them 25-12, 25-11, 25-11 Monday night at Columbus Grove High School.
“Grove has a lot of tall and experienced girls and it affected the way we had to try and hit through their blockers,” Jays’ coach Carolyn Dammeyer said. “It forces you to try and do too much and it can lead to more errors. They don’t give you a lot of holes to find, especially at the net.”
The Lady Bulldogs showed just too much consistency and variety to their attack for the Lady Jays.
“We definitely want that top seed,” Grove coach Susan Jones explained. “What I think our girls do very well is focus on five points at a time; that’s been a strength all year. We get on a roll like that and we keep it up. We have enough variety at the net and our setters do well at distributing the ball.”
The visitors stayed close for a while in each set but couldn’t maintain it.
Take, for example, the second set. The Jays only trailed 5-4 on a serving error by the hosts but then a tip off the block by senior Julia Wynn (8 kills) gave the serve to junior Briana Glass (13 assists). With senior Sammi Stechschulte (9 kills) putting down four kills and a stuff, as well as two hitting errors, the hosts put together eight straight points to take command at 13-4 on a kill by Stechschulte. Try as they might, the Jays couldn’t keep pace as the hosts pulled away and took a 2-set lead on a kill by junior Sydney McCluer (3 aces; 11/11 hitting, 4 kills).
In the third set, the Bulldogs steadily pulled away behind a pair of early aces by senior Kelli Vorst (3 aces; 7 digs) and the hitting of Wynn. The Jays struggled to get good hits in against the tall front line of Grove but still only trailed 13-9 on a kill by freshman Jessica Geise (3 kills; 2 blocks). A push over the block by senior Megan Verhoff gave the serve to Hope Schroeder and five hitting errors made things easier for the hosts as they ran off eight straight to take a 21-9 edge. It was only a matter of time as a bomb off the back row by Wynn finished the sweep.
“Our serve-receive was OK but they put a lot of pressure on it. You have to pass well to get your offense going,” Dammeyer added. “It took us a while to adjust to their offense but we started to get more touches and blocks in the third set; we started to get a double-block on their middle hitter.”
Also pacing the Lady Blue Jays were senior Kaylie Youngpeter (15 digs; 3 aces), junior Bekah Fischer (5 kills; 3 blocks), sophomore Maddie Buettner (4 kills; 3 blocks), senior Brittney Claypool (2 kills), senior Alicia Buettner (2 kills), junior Colleen Schulte (12 assists) and freshman Maya Gerker (8 assists; 2 aces).
Senior Rachel Schumacher set the Grove table with 13 assists.
“We served very well; it’s something we work on every day at practice,” Jones added. “We can serve with power and we can serve with direction; it just depends on who we have back there and what we think we need. These girls know how to play the game and they play well together.”
The Bulldogs also won the junior varsity matchup 25-23, 25-20.
The Blue Jays (4-14) get no rest from tough opposition as they visit Minster for Midwest Athletic Conference action Thursday.
The Lady Bulldogs (14-2) visit Ada Thursday.