BARNESVILLE Caldwell advanced in Division IV Sectional volleyball with a three-set sweep of the East Richland Christian Lady Lions Monday in the opening game of the tournament hosted by Barnesville High School.
In the opening set the Lady Redskins had little trouble and led entire set rolling to a 25-14 win. The second set was a little different story as the Lady Lions kept the score close and forcing a tie at eight. Caldwell spurted out to a 17-8 lead, but East Richland battled back and Caldwell coach Jodi Clark was forced to call a time out with the Lady Redskins still in front but by just a 20-16 score. Although pushed Caldwell finally prevailed by a 25-21 count.
East Richland was really young, Clark pointed out, and in the second set the girls started getting a little lax. They work so hard, but cant seem to get the wins. Tonight they had fun and it was nice to be ahead all the time and not have to play catchup.
The third set was again all Caldwell with the Lady Redskins posting an identical score as the first set (25-14) to complete the three-set sweep and move on in tournament play.
Caldwell had to play the opening round of the sectional without one of their leading hitter, Breanna Sawyer, who was ill and missed school Monday eliminating her from action Monday night.
Offensively, Marla Border led the way for Caldwell (2-19) with 13 points including six aces and also dished out 20 assists. Lexy Schell added eight points with five service aces, while Taylor Crawford and Mahaylie Cline tacked on six points each with Cline serving four aces and Crawford a pair. Jade Croucher chipped in with four points, half of those coming on service aces and added three assists.
Defensively, Schell recorded four digs with Border, Crawford and Cline each contributing three.
At the net, Maddy Burris led the way with seven kills and two blocks. Schell and Hanna Depuy each added six stops, while Croucher had two kills and a block.
Our big problem all year has been not finishing and hitting the ball to get kills, Clark said. We hit the ball hard Monday and we have to become more aggressive. Everybody contributed and I was able to get some that dont get a lot of playing time in the match Monday.
For East Richland Christian (9-9) Alyssa Crowley led the way in scoring with six points including one ace. Katie Albert, Hannah Surface and Brooke Ham contributed five points each with Albert and Surface each serving a pair of aces and Ham had one service ace. Hannah Stephens added three points with a pair of aces and handed out seven assists, while Susanna Yourko had one point on a service ace and added two assists.
On defense, Albert and Surface each recorded five digs, with Ham adding three, Yourko two and Crowley one. In net action, Albert, Surface and Crowley each slammed three kills with Crowley adding two blocks. Ham had a pair of stops and two blocks and Stephens added one kill.
We have played Frontier well both times this year although we lost in three sets, Clark stated. Sawyer played really well against them last week and I hope we can have her back for Thursdays match.