Tigers sweep Panthers in Chesapeake Division volleyball battle
— It’s not often that the Rising Sun volleyball team finds itself in a one-point game late in any set.
But Perryville played the Tigers as closely as any Cecil County team has in recent memory Tuesday, especially in the second game, when the score was as close as 18-17. Rising Sun scored seven of the next eight points to take the set and went on to sweep the Panthers, 3-0, in Chesapeake Division volleyball action.
“Our best game was not anywhere to be found today,” Tigers coach Rich Wilson said. “Hats off to Perryville. They played a great match, but I don’t think we did anything to really push them all that hard. Our serving was off, our hitting was off, just about everything across the board was about as off as we can get.”
Wilson said his team’s best game could be seen eight days earlier when Rising Sun topped Delaware Military Academy to avenge its only loss from last year’s state championship season.
Contrarily, Perryville coach Matt Borrelli said his team showed drastic im-
provement from the previous week.
“We didn’t play very well last week on Thursday, but we came out with the win. I feel like tonight we played great, but we lost,” he said. “I told the girls, ‘I’d rather play the way we did tonight in a losing effort against a great team.’ I’m just happy with how we played to- night.”
The Tigers won the first set 25-17 and the second 2518.
They scored the first five points of the third game, forcing Borrelli to call timeout. He called another with the Panthers trailing 19-7. Perryville went on a 10-3 run to cut its deficit to five, but Rising Sun responded with three of the next four points to win the third and final set, 25-18.
“That third set was getting out of hand and I was out of timeouts and didn’t know what else to do, but Erin [Murphy] had a bunch of really good serves. Hailey Jones had some good serves, too, and that got us back into the set,” Borrelli said. “Ultimately, Rising Sun was just too much for us, but I’m proud of how we fought tonight.”
Borelli added that Rising Sun is the toughest team the Panthers will face all season, regardless of how far they go in the playoffs.
Lacey Swartout led the Tigers with 13 kills, four digs and a pair of aces, Breanne Haley eight kills, two digs and five aces and Mackenzie Blevins added 21 assists, five digs, four kills and three aces.
Gabby Goodnow paced Perryville with 16 kills, seven blocks and five digs, Rose Porch recorded 13 assists and 10 digs, Hailey Jones had 10 digs and three aces, Brooke Reynolds recorded 10 Digs and Bea Muscella added five kills.
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Rising Sun’s Mackenzie Blevins sets the ball during the Tigers’ 3-0 sweep of host Perryville in Chesapeake Division volleyball action Tuesday.