Indians volleyball suffers sweep
Special to the Whig
— A few points can make all the difference.
Down by a game, the North East volleyball team had set point in Game 2, but Newark Charter got three straight points to snatch
away the momentum. The Patriots went on to sweep the visiting Indians 25- 19, 27- 25, 25- 9 in Monday’s non- conference match.
Charter jumped out to an 8- 0 lead in a lopsided third set, which was fraught with mental mistakes by North East ( 4- 7).
“It never ceases to amaze me how we can play two really good sets and then look like we never played the game in our life,” Indians coach Richard Bowers said. “Our passing [ has been a problem] all year. When our passing goes away, we can’t do anything.”
Both teams battled back and forth in the first game before the Patriots put together an 11- 4 run to win by six.
The second set was even closer as the two squads tied 11 times before the Indians took a 20- 17 lead. The Patriots, who capitalized on the Indians’ shaky serve- receive all match, took the lead right back with the help of three straight aces by Abigail Cannon. After four more ties, North East’s Jayzmin Giles gave her team game point with a kill, forcing Charter to take a timeout.
“We pretty much drew up a play of what we were going to do, and we executed,” Charter head coach Jessica Weller said. “We also reminded them one point at a time — just side out and we’ll get the momentum back.”
The Patriots’ Abigail Carbajal smashed two of her match- high 12 kills to give Charter game point, and then the set ended with a North East hitting error.
The Indians initially cut their 8- 0 deficit in half in the third game but scored just five points the rest of the way.
Bowers said short memories will be key for his girls during this packed week as they try and get back to .500.
“All we can do is move onto the next one,” he said. “We’ve got Patterson Mill and Bel Air right in a row, Tuesday and Wednesday.”