War­riors fall in four sets to Great Mills

Torge­sen de­liv­ers with sets and serves as Hor­nets vol­ley­ball goes to 7-1

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

Great Mills has emerged as one of the up­per tier vol­ley­ball teams in the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence this fall thanks to the serv­ing and set­ting skills of se­nior left­hander Re­bekah Torge­sen and her full com­ple­ment of weapons at the net.

Wed­nes­day evening in a non­di­vi­sion con­test ver­sus vis­it­ing La Plata, Torge­sen ef­fec­tively dis­trib­uted the ball to out­side hit­ter Ca­ley Neville, right side at­tacker Lau­ren Heibel and mid­dle hit­ter Erika Berry as the Hor­nets emerged with a fourset vic­tory over the War­riors by scores of 25-20, 22-25, 25-17 and 25-19.

“Me and Re­bekah have a great chem­istry,” Heibel said. “We played one full sea­son of club to­gether and we know each other really well. She does a great job of set­ting all of us. Ca­ley is a great hit­ter and Erika had a really good night in the mid­dle. We all just work so well to­gether.”

La Plata (5-3), which will have its first three home matches of the sea­son next week af­ter spend­ing the first three weeks on the road, re­peat­edly fell be­hind early and then at­tempted to rally. As a unit, the War­riors did not play up to their po­ten­tial on Wed­nes­day and much of their demise was on ac­count of in­con­sis­tent back row play, poor pass­ing and in­ef­fi­cient sets.

“This was def­i­nitely not our best match of the sea­son,” La Plata head coach Bill Young said. “We kept digging our­selves a hole. Our pass­ing was not good and when we did pass the ball our sets were not good. We could not run our at­tack the way that we’re sup­posed to. Great Mills has a really good

team. They def­i­nitely played really well tonight.”

Great Mills took con­trol of the open­ing set as Torge­sen de­liv­ered six straight jump serves for winners and an early 6-0 lead. In con­trast, La Plata got few points off serves and ral­lied be­lat­edly to get within 24-20 on an ace from ju­nior out­side hit­ter Devin Ru­ble be­fore Torge­sen ended the first set with a tap at the net.

The be­lated bid in the opener gave La Plata some mo­men­tum head­ing into the sec­ond set, which proved to be the most com­pet­i­tive game of the match. The War­riors and Hor­nets were tied at 11 dif­fer­ent points that set and La Plata even­tu­ally pre­vailed 25-22 as re­serve back row player Syd­ney Bales recorded six ser­vice winners to off­set a dif­fi­cult night pass­ing.

Torge­sen again gave the Hor­nets a lead to start the third set and later Bryce Harden recorded four straight winners to vault the hosts to a 9-2 lead. But La Plata be­gan to slice into the deficit with McKen­zie Roof serv­ing and it was able to run an at­tack with Ru­ble and Lo­ryn Cot­tle be­com­ing far more prom­i­nent at the net.

Fol­low­ing a pro­longed ex­change of side­outs be­tween the two squads, Great Mills libero Heather Mas­setti recorded six straight ser­vice winners to end the set, capped by an ace. Three of the other five points came cour­tesy of La Plata at­tack er­rors, but two oth­ers came on sets from Torge­sen that Neville de­liv­ered for kills.

Hav­ing ended the piv­otal third set on a de­ci­sive 7-0 run, Great Mills seized the mo­men­tum early in the fourth set as Torge­sen again de­liv­ered south­paw serves that the War­riors found dif­fi­cult to pass. Ser­vice runs from Ru­ble and Jayci Cham­ber­lain brought the vis­i­tors back to within 11-9, but Torge­sen coun­tered with seven straight winners for a com­mand­ing 1910 lead.

Great Mills is sched­uled to host North Point at 5:30 p.m. to­day, while La Plata is set to open its home sched­ule ver­sus McDonough at 5 p.m. Tues­day.

“She def­i­nitely did a great job set­ting their hit­ters,” Ru­ble said of Torge­sen. “She did a great job serv­ing and run­ning their at­tack. We def­i­nitely could have played a lot bet­ter. I thought we just came out flat, but it will be nice to fi­nally be able to play some home matches next week. The gym looks great.”

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