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Friday, October 18, 2013 12:09 AM

By JIM METCALFE

Staff Writer

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ELIDA — The St. John’s volleyball team struggled to a 4-18 regular season going against the likes of Midwest Athletic Conference powers Marion Local, Versailles and Coldwater.

However, the Blue Jays are like everyone else as the second season begins — 0-0.

After a relatively-close first set, the Jays rolled past Perry 25-16, 25-9, 2-58 in Division IV sectional action Thursday night at Elida High School.

The Jays (5-18) advance to take on Lima Temple Christian at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Jays seemed to get going sooner than the Commodores, building up a 6-3 lead on an ace by senior Brittney Claypool (2 aces). The Commodores then had their best run of the entire night, scoring six of the next seven volleys to take the lead at 9-7 on a hitting error by the Jays (14 for the night). After the Jays got a kill and an ace by Bekah Fischer (4 aces, 7 kills) to tie it at 9, a kill by Perry’s Kaitlyn Cox gave them at 10-9 lead. A spike on a joust over the net by Madelyn Buettner (3 kills) gave the Jays the serve and a stuff by Jessica Geise (6 aces, 3 kills, 2 stuffs) gave them the lead for good. After that point, the Jays steadily used their hitting attack and solid serving to pull away, taking a 1-set lead on a hitting error by Perry (19 for the match).

“We made a few too many errors in the first set,” Jays coach Carolyn Dammeyer explained. “We knew we were more talented coming in but we told the girls that Perry would scramble and send balls back all night. We were going to have to clean up our errors.”

That they did.

After Perry took a 1-0 edge in the second set on a hit off the block by Courtland Fowler (3 kills), a blast off the block by Geise gave her the serve. Mixing in three aces and bashes by Alicia Buettner (6 kills) and Fischer put the Jays up 7-1. The Commodores had no answers from then on as setters Colleen Schulte (11 assists) and Maya Gerker (11 assists) could go to a variety of hitters at the net — even at times in the back row — and the Blue Jay defense gave up few easy points. Their biggest lead of the set came on the final point as Alicia Buettner went over the top of the block to put one down.

Perry never led in the third set. A hitting error on the opening volley gave the Jays the lead for good and they once again used strong serving (20 aces for the match versus a mere five errors), steady passing, solid setting and a varied attack to dominate the rest of the way. A serving error on set point gave the Jays the sweep.

“We started to serve better and not make as many mistakes there. It makes things easier in the game of volleyball to get a lot of free points,” Dammeyer added. “We also started to hit better and not make as many mistakes in the second and third sets. We also managed to again play all 15 girls, like we did much of the season. That’s always good, especially in the tournament.”

Schulte added four ace, Gerker three aces and Kaylie Youngpeter four kills.

Topping Perry were Autumn Fetter (8 assists), Lexie Davis (4 kills) and Fowler (3 kills).

 

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