Car­roll fights past Wood spik­ers

Public Spirit - - SPORTS - By Nick Iuele

ni­uele@mont­ 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.”

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

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