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West Branch volleyball sweeps Glendale
Friday, October 12, 2012
By Jaclyn Yingling Sports Editor
ALLPORT - The West Branch-Glendale volleyball match lasted less than an hour on Thursday evening, but both coaches seemed pleased with the way their girls played.
The Lady Warriors swept the Lady Vikings, 25-8, 25-12 and 25-18.
Despite the loss, Glendale head coach Kayla Peacock was pleased with the effort her team gave.
"I'm really happy with them tonight," she said. "Even though we didn't take the win home, the past couple of games have been really rough for us. The season has been really slow. This game, I felt like they were having fun playing. They finally had their heads in the game.
"West Branch is a tough team, but I really felt like they had their heads in it completely. They were trying to take it all."
The Lady Warriors only trailed in the match once, falling behind 9-6 in the third set.
West Branch had little trouble in the other two sets, taking leads on big service runs in each frame.
"We tried to cut down on our service errors," said Lady Warriors head coach Terry Trude. "The last couple of games we have been serving aggressive, but not in the zones we wanted. That was the goal tonight was to reduce our errors. We worked on serve location. I hope by now we are getting better at that. That is what we are striving for.
"Glendale does a good job. They are competitive."
The Lady Warriors were led by Kaylin English's 13 service points and seven aces. Jordan Natalie had 11 service points and five aces, while Gabby Redmond notched nine service points. Rachel Myers had a seven-point run in the first set that contributed all but one of her service points on the night.
Myers' big run in the first game allowed West Branch to jump out to a 16-5 lead, and it never looked back, taking the set, 25-8.
The Lady Warriors also got three kills from Madison McCracken in the frame. She finished the night with five.
Glendale's Katelyn Matthews had two of her four kills in game 1.
English got things going early in the second set, as West Branch jumped out to a 6-1 lead on its first rotation.
She finished things up with an eight-point service run, giving the Lady Warriors a 25-12 victory.
West Branch had six kills in the frame, including two each by Myers and McCracken.
"At the beginning of the year, passing was a concern for us. We had graduated all of our all-state passers. But the girls have really come along with that skill.
"We are passing to the target, we just aren't hitting as consistently as we used to."
The Lady Vikings had their best game of the night in the third set.
Glendale took a 9-6 lead off the serve of Caitlin Kimberly, then stayed with West Branch until a late 13-point service run by the Lady Warriors put the match away.
"When we started the third game, I told them, ‘We could take it to five games easily,' " said Peacock. "I was telling them not to give up, and none of them did.
"I couldn't be happier with them."
West Branch was able to sub in 10 different bench players.
"We have 24 girls on our team," said Trude. "So, anytime we have the opportunity to get girls in, we do. The kids deserve to play. They play hard in practice so we want to give them the opportunity."
Myers finished the game with six kills, as did English. Natalie added 20 assists, while Redmond had four digs.
West Branch improved to 17-6 overall and 9-1 in the Inter-County Conference. The Lady Warriors travel to Central Mountain on Monday.
Glendale was led by five points from Kristin Shaffer. Kimberly added three service points. Matthews had four kills, while Logan McMillen and Shaffer each had one.
The Lady Vikings dropped to 1-11 overall. Glendale hosts Claysburg-Kimmel on Tuesday.
The junior varsity match was won by West Branch, 25-5 and 25-7.

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