Jefferson junior Lindsay Deuel elevates for a shot which Paulding could not handle Tuesday night at Jefferson High School. The host Wildcats put down the Panthers 25-20 in the first set and went on to a 4-set NWC victory.
DELPHOS — Jefferson’s volleyball team has shown steady improvement in the 2012 campaign.
The Lady Wildcats took another step Tuesday night, downing Paulding 25-20, 18-25, 25-20, 25-18 in Northwest Conference action at Jefferson High School.
“We’re showing signs of getting there. We are definitely improved,” Jefferson coach Joy Early noted. “Last night, we had a 5-setter (with Lima Temple Christian) where we were on one set and off the next. We were much more consistent tonight; we still have our moments but they are getting less as we move on.”
Paulding (2-11, 0-4 NWC) coach Todd Harmon figures the match was par for the course.
“We have been that close and we were that close tonight,” he added. “We lost a lot of seniors from last year but that is no excuse. We have girls that have roles to fill and we simply have to do the job every set and every match. We will go back to the drawing board and move on.”
Jefferson (7-8, 2-2 NWC) got off very quickly — five straight aces by senior Fallon Van Dyke (7 aces overall out of a team total of 15). The Lady Panthers slowed the early momentum but the Red and White steadily built a 16-10 edge on a hitting error by the Panthers (32 for the match). The Panthers then took advantage of some hitting miscues by the Wildcats (32 for the match) and kills by junior Emily Farr (2; 4 for the match) and junior Sierra McCullough (4 kills), getting an ace by sophomore Morgan Riley (13 digs) to take a 20-18 lead and forcing a timeout by Early. That was the last hurrah for the visitors in the set as a hitting error gave the serve to junior Kenidi Ulm. An ace, two spikes by junior Lindsay Deuel (7 kills), two miscues and a hit off the block by junior Katelyn Goergens (10 kills) finished the set.
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