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.”

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