|IAC VOLLEYBALL: WAVERLY SWEEPS SCRAPPY S-VE (11 PHOTOS) (2018-09-13)
BY TIM TAYLOR
For Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY Waverly held off a scrappy Spencer-Van Etten team in the third set, picking up a 3-0 IAC South crossover sweep here Thursday evening.
The Wolverines won the first game, 25-10, then the second, 25-17. S-VE would grab the early lead in the third set before Waverly battled back to win, 25-21.
"The first two games they played like they definitely had been playing
the last couples ones," said Waverly head coach Kesha Sinsabaugh. "The
third game was definitely where we struggled to continue to push like we
did the first two games. We lost some serves and that doesn't help, but
they definitely are working their way to improve on the goals that we've been working on, so it's kind of exciting."
Untimely mistakes, both mental and physical, cost the Panthers in third set.
"We need to play smart with games like this, that they're so close, we need to be smarter with what we do on the third contact," said S-VE head coach Sarah Heveland.
"We get down on ourselves and when we get down on ourselves they just go low, so that's one of the targets we've been working on, staying up no matter what the score is, whether we're winning, losing," said Sinsabugh. "Either way, it's making sure that we stay up and push through. That's the only way we're going to continue through the season and push for our season goals."
S-VE is scrappy and Heveland's relatively young squad is making progress.
"Overall, we progressively got better as the night went on, from the first set to the second to the third. They played phenomenal the third set," Heveland said. "I wish they could come out as strong in the third set as every first game that we play, but I think it takes them a little while to get their confidence up from the first to the third set."
The Panthers knew they were up for a challenge, facing a Waverly team which was coming in with a 3-1 record and hadn't lost since its season opener against Candor which ended Tioga's 87-match regular season win streak Thursday.
"I think that we knew we were having a tough game tonight, but I always want the girls to come in confident, no matter who they're playing," said Heveland. "No matter what school we're playing, we need to come in confident because our skills should still be the same whether we're playing Waverly or any other school."
Paige Lewis had eight points, including four aces, as well as six kills, three blocks and six digs for the Wolverines (4-1). Sydney Meyers added six points (three aces), four kills and six digs, and Jordan Mente put up six service points, six of which were aces. Chloe Croft contributed nine points (four aces) and dished out 10 assists, and Adrianah Clinton chipped in with seven points (five aces).
For Spencer (1-3), Sam Deppe had two aces, four assists and two digs, Lindsey
Greene added one ace, four kills and two digs, and Niah Lavore
contributed two kills and five digs.
Waverly and S-VE, along with Sayre and 12 other teams, will compete in the Tioga tournament Saturday. Pool play begins at 8 a.m.
JV: Waverly swept the JV match, 25-17, 25-8.
Caitlin Bakley scored 15 points, including seven aces, and handed out three assists. Hali Jenner had 12 points (four aces) and two kills
Ashleigh Moraus had two aces and one kill, and Gillian Jackman added an ace and four digs for S-VE.
IN PHOTO 1: Waverlys Sydney Meyers (center), Siera Kirk (4) and Isabella Garvey (5).
PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR.
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