Monday, September 30, 2013

Busy Week a Success for Panthers

We had a very busy week with home matches on Tuesday and Thursday, and a Tri-match at Hamilton on Saturday.  First we played a tough Colby-Sawyer team on Tuesday, and came away with a 3-1 win which saw MJ come alive with 17 kills, and 9, 8, and 6 respectively from Amy, Piper, and Olivia.  Kathryn led the team in digs, followed by Lauren, and Melanie continued her dominance at the net leading the team in blocks with 3 solos and 4 block assists.

We had a couple of our biggest fans there to cheer us on, and they're pictured here with the team.  Lizzy and Kathryn work with these local athletes with Special Olympics, and they're donning our old jerseys to show their support for our team!  You guys look great!!

The next match was a bit lopsided, as Southern Vermont is in a rebuilding stage this year with only one new freshman on a team that graduated some powerhouse hitters from their NCAA team last year.  We out-sized them by quite a bit, and everyone saw some good action Thursday night in Pepin Gym.  Meg led the team offensively with 7 kills and no errors, while 9 other players had at least 3 kills each.  Lizzy led the team defensively with 11 digs, followed by 9 by Hannah, who set 2 of the games.

On Saturday, we traveled to Hamilton for our Conference match with our travel partner Hamilton, and picked up an extra match with Union while we were over there, which was great.  Hamilton is a young team who just dug everything we seemed to hit at them.  They are big, and blocked well, but in the end, we were the much more consistent team.  We only ended up with 8 more kills than they did, but we had more digs, blocks and aces, and just did what we needed to do to finish out each set.  It wasn't a run away, however, as the first set was tied at 15-15 before we finished out the set with 2 blocks, 3 kills, and a couple of attacking errors by them for a final score of 25-17.

We mostly dominated the 2nd set to take it 25-16, and had a solid lead most of the 3rd set leading by as many as 7 or 8 early on.  They closed to within 4 at 19-15, but they actually ended that set with several errors on top of a couple of kills by us to win the final set of the match 25-17.

Union proved to be our biggest competition so far this season (other than our scrimmage with St. Mikes) as we traded points much of the first set before pulling ahead late to take the first set 25-19.  In the second set, we only had the lead twice by one point each time at 4-3, and again at 13-12 until we would come back to tie it at 24-24.  We went down set point twice before we would take the lead for the last time at 26-25, and finished to take a 2-0 lead in sets.  The third set was more of the same, being down early, and tying it up only twice at 7-7, and 16-16, but we couldn't pull it out that time, and lost that set 22-25.  The final set was another back and forth one, although this time it was us who would go ahead each time before they tied it up. We pulled ahead 18-13, but they fought back to pull within 2 at 23-21.  We then finished out the match with kills by Olivia and MJ with a stuff block by them in between for a final set score of 25-22.

We are back in action at Plattsburgh on Tuesday night, and then down at Wesleyan and Trinity over the weekend.  We are hoping to stay healthy now that the bug has seeped through most of the team, and campus by now!

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