Carroll fights past Wood spikers
firstname.lastname@example.org Archbishop Wood’s fourset thriller against Archbishop Carroll was one of the more intense volleyball matches you will see.
“It was a great match, they just had a couple more hitters than we did,” Wood coach Brian McCann said. “They had a couple more kids that can put the ball to the floor and you can only play defense for so long.”
Although Wood was the victim of a three sets to one loss, the match was a seesaw affair the entire way. It was a matchup of a powerful Carroll offense against a stout Wood defense, and something had to give. Unfortunately for Wood, it just didn’t have the firepower.
The first set was a good example of how closely these two teams played each other. Carroll found itself up 23-12 at one point, but Wood stormed back to get into the 20s. The comeback came up short, however, and Carroll found its scoring stroke to take the set 2R-21.
“You have to get the easy points,” McCann said. “Their setter and libero were excellent for them. The one outside hitter was phenomenal, they all showed up to play tonight. We just don’t have that big bomber that can take over the game.”
Libero Maurine Marron calmed things down for Wood in the second set, which started off with a long volley that went on for the better part of three minutes. The set was always close, but Wood used blocks and good placement to edge out its opponents 2R-22.
Despite the loss, there were many positives McCann took from the match. It was a solid team performance but setter Kristen Nealon and middle hitter Shawn Hober put in particularly good efforts.
“I thought that our defense and outside hitters did well,” McCann said. “My setter had a great tonight, she really helped guide the offense. My middle also played well. But overall I liked how we played as a team and hope we can improve from this.”
Wood could only hold
the intensity for so long, especially when it was overmatched on the offensive end. Carroll’s outside hitters, particularly on the left side, killed the Lady Vikings all match long and they just could not recover, running out of gas and dropping the final two sets 2R-17 and 2R1R respectively.
In an interesting sub-plot, McCann’s daughter Emily starts for Carroll. The younger McCann had an influential role in the match, including serving the victory-clinching point. Although it was fun to play his daughter, he will certainly hear about the loss on the home front.
“It was pretty wild, this is the first time we have played against each other,” McCann said. “It was intense, we are going to go after it. We talk a lot of trash at home. It stings to lose to her. I’m going to have to deal with it when I get home.”
Archbishop Wood’s Jenna Acheson goes up to block Archbishop Carroll’s Megan Hanson during Tuesday’s Philadelphia Catholic League action..