Amherst Comets sweep, re­main un­beaten

Amherst plays steady, dis­ci­plined game, takes ad­van­tage of Ea­gles’ er­rors

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Marissa McNees mm­c­ @Maris­saNM on Twit­ter

Amherst trav­eled to Avon and swept the Ea­gles to take sole pos­ses­sion of the South­west­ern Con­fer­ence.

Amherst trav­eled to Avon and swept the host Ea­gles, 3-0, Sept. 14 to take sole pos­ses­sion of the South­west­ern Con­fer­ence and re­main un­de­feated.

The No. 18 Comets played what coach Laurie Co­gan said was a steady, well-rounded game, and were able to take ad­van­tage of many un­char­ac­ter­is­tic Avon er­rors.

“I said (to the team), ‘Just play steady and within your­self,’ ” Co­gan said. “I was real proud of their court de­meanor. They used the en­ergy when they needed it but they stayed calm, they stayed re­laxed, they stayed quick, and I just couldn’t be more proud.”

Amherst (11-0, 8-0 SWC) was led by Sarah Weigand with 10 kills, Tory Small with six and Sarah Far­ley with five.

Both de­fenses shined through­out the match, ex­tend­ing plays that many teams would strug­gle with. But Amherst out-blocked Avon all game and coach Julie Bendzuck said the Comets were suc­cess­ful in keep­ing her team out of sys­tem all night.

“Some­thing was miss­ing,” Bendzuck said. “We didn’t ex­e­cute our game plan. We had more er­rors than I think we’ve had col­lec­tively in all nine matches be­fore this.

“As a unit, you need to be click­ing, and it’s OK if one thing’s a lit­tle bit off, but we were all over the place off. And props to Amherst. That is an awe­some team. They were com­pletely dis­ci­plined. They were do­ing ev­ery­thing they could to keep us out of sys­tem which is what great teams do.”

“(Avon’s) de­fense is as good as we’ve seen,” Co­gan added.

“When you looked at the floor de­fense, it was out­stand­ing on both sides of the net. I thought our net de­fense tonight was just a touch bet­ter.

“I think (Avon) plays very good net de­fense, but for what­ever rea­son tonight we seemed to con­tain. You’re not go­ing to stop their hit­ters.

“We know that. You have to try to con­tain to the best of your abil­ity and, hon­estly, I thought we did that.”

Syd­ney Stone had 10 kills for Avon (8-1, 6-1), Gil­lian Ro­man­chok had eight kills, Erin Gard­ner had 36 digs and Maddy Jer­donek had 21 as­sists.


Avon’s Katie Koziarz spikes the ball over Sarah Weigand of Amherst dur­ing the first set.


Tory Small of Amherst taps the ball in be­tween Gil­lian Ro­man­chok and Emma Ab­fall of Avon dur­ing the first set.


Emma Ab­fall of Avon taps the ball at Lon­don Voss and Tory Small of Amherst.

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