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Lady Warriors sweep Mo Valley
Friday, September 6, 2013
By Jaclyn Yingling Sports Editor
AMESVILLE - After playing well at the Central Mountain Tournament last weekend, the West Branch volleyball team finally opened up its regular season on Thursday, traveling to Moshannon Valley.
The Lady Warriors continued their good play, sweeping the Damsels, 25-8, 25-13 and 25-10.
"We tried to stay focused," said West Branch head coach Terry Trude. "Mo Valley has really improved. I thought they were real scrappy, and they have improved passing. We just made some big plays. We have some big hitters.
"Most of the night they were playing defense and we were on offense."
The Lady Warriors got things going early, breaking out to runs of 6-0 and 19-1 off the serves of Morgan Rackish and Rachel Myers.
Myers served up 13 straight points with three aces in her run, and finished the night with 15 service points and four aces total.
Moshannon Valley's Haley Stodart also had a run in the first set, serving up four points, including an ace.
But it was the solid hitting by West Branch that the Damsels couldn't overcome.
Lady Warrior outside hitter Gabby Redmond had two kills in the first set, while Myers and Kaylin English each had one as they went on to a 25-8 victory.
"Coming into Tuesday's match with Mount Union, they were excited and enthusiastic," said Moshannon Valley head coach Cydnee Sankey-Deemer. "They played a lot stronger against Mount Union than they did tonight.
"It's a mental thing with West Branch, and it shouldn't be."
West Branch struggled with some hitting errors in the second set, but rebounded with some clutch kills in the frame.
The Lady Warriors continued to rotate their lineup of 12 girls in the second set, with Trude substituting several times.
West Branch eventually went on to win the set, 25-13.
"I think we have 13 deep in varsity," Trude said. "We have a lot of depth. To be fair to the girls, they all deserve playing time. Our starting six are good, but we certainly have depth and balance to compete in our league."
The Damsels got down early in the third set, as West Branch's Leanna Prinkey served up 10 straight points to put her team ahead 12-1.
"Leanna is one of our better servers," Trude said. "We are trying to figure out a way to get her some more time. You saw tonight that she certainly can serve. She is a good athlete. She helps us at the net."
The large lead was enough for West Branch to win the game, 25-10, and take the match in three sets.
West Branch's Katie Trude had 16 assists and four service points. Myers had eight kills, while Redmond had seven kills and four service points. Rackish had eight service points.
Moshannon Valley's Samantha Matchock had a kill and two blocks. Stodart led the team with six service points, including an ace.
"I think most of our mistakes came from the mental aspect," Sankey-Deemer said.
"Tuesday they made more plays. They set back row more and used back row more. They used different aspects of the game of volleyball, and tonight it looked like they just lost everything they learned."
West Branch improved to 1-0 in the Moshannon Valley League, Inter-County Conference and overall. The Lady Warriors return to action on Thursday, hosting Glendale.
Moshannon Valley fell to 0-1 in the MVL and 0-2 in the ICC and overall. The Damsels host Claysburg-Kimmel on Thursday.
In junior varsity action, West Branch won in two sets.
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