The Pirates volleyball team took on the Vikings for a second time Thursday night and came away with a 3-0 win.
Pirates coach Deb Allaman-Johnson said, “Frederic came to play. We were all impressed with their growth and improvement since our first match up this season. Initially, we could not find a hole on their court as they played swarming defense, received serve well, and got in a few solid attacks.”
The pirates tried something a little different this match-up, utilizing their freshman players- Jordan Java, Lucy Dahlberg and Sidney Gronski, subbed more, and gave different players extra court time, resting some of their original starters.
Jadyn Watt led the team that night with aces and assists holding 7 aces and 10 assists. Kills were led by Hanne Johnson who had 14 kills. The lead was close when it came to digs, but Sadye Bunting came out on top with 8 digs while Hanne Johnson and Gretchen Lee both had 7.
The Pirates then traveled to Siren on Saturday to play the Dragons and came back home with another 3-0 win, even though Coach Allaman-Johnson said it certainly wasn’t their best showing of skills.
“Yes, there were some really wonky, head-scratching moments, but Siren was on fire! They passed almost every serve, dug some big swings, hustled after every ball, blocked well, and had better hitting than we saw from them back in September. We were impressed and we give credit where credit is due. Meanwhile, we played defense out of position, got in each other’s way, completely misjudged the court boundaries, and made too many unforced errors.”
Though there was some ‘wonky’ playing going on, some individual players showed off some great strengths and improvements as well.
“I don’t often single out performances by individual players as it takes such a team effort to do anything in this sport, but I want to praise Jordan for her improved blocking, Jadyn for amassing 15 assists and making great set choices, Amy (Harmon) for really tough serving, and Gretchen – Sadye – Renee (Tooze) for great defense.”
The Pirates had 41 kills on the night with the top leaders being Johnson with 16, Alli Peterson with 9 and Tiffany Gronski with 8. Bunting led the team with 18 digs while Tooze held 9 and Gretchen Lee and Johnson tied with 8. Assists were led by Watt (15) and Cate Lee (11) while blocks were held by Johnson (2), Java (2) and Gronski (1).
The Pirates played Webster on Tuesday and are set to play Unity on Thursday.