Valley Center sweeps Jaguars
ANDOVER The Valley Center volleyball team has had its share of ups and downs through the first eight matches. But thats to be expected.
We have some experience there, but not in carrying the team, coach Bryan Otte said. This year, thats their role.
Even with a roller coaster start, Valley Center improved to 7-1 Tuesday night at Andover Central after beating the Jaguars 25-21, 25-21 in the first match, then 17-25, 25-10, 25-14 in the second.
They played two matches because West wasnt able to play in the scheduled triangular.
The Hornets didnt arrive at Andover Central until 4:45, 15 minutes before the match, because their bus driver got lost. What probably should have been a 30-minute trip stretched to an hour.
We came in and we were so rushed, said senior Perrin Spears, who had 12 kills in the two matches.
Still, Valley Center took an 8-4 lead in the first set, taking advantage of five Andover Central unforced errors. The Jaguars only had one kill in the set, which ended when Valley Centers Mikaila Woods had consecutive plays of a tip for a point and a kill.
Woods had seven kills in the two sets.
In the first set of the second match, Andover Central cruised to the win, with Valley Center stumbling along with 11 unforced errors.
The Jaguars got three kills from Jasmine Nazaran and two each from Hadley Hanna, Julia Joseph and Becca Schulte in the set. Joseph had a team-high eight kills in the two matches.
I liked that we started to switch up our sets, we started to serve aggressively to the Valley Center player who wasnt passing well, said Andover Central coach Rachel Tyner, whose team is without middle Katie Kretchmar, who is wearing a boot after a foot injury. We also pulled some stuff out, moving our feet, getting to balls that we werent getting to. Its amazing how all that changes the momentum.
And then Valley Center snatched that momentum, only giving up 10 points in the second set.
Valley Centers Georgi Gilchrist had eight stuff blocks and three kills, Miranda Trible had four kills, libero Hanna Shelton three.
Theyre all completely different, Valley Center setter Megan Barnes said. You cant set one blocking scheme for our team. Its fun as a setter to play with the other teams mind.
The Hornets also utilized their strong passing with sophomore Evann Shelton and senior Hanna Shelton, a 2012 All-Metro selection who has made an oral commitment to Wichita State.
But Otte still has concerns about the offense.
I think if were going to hang our hat on anything, it will be blocking and defense, he said. But in volleyball, thats a slippery slope. Offense wins championships in volleyball. I think that will be our burden this year, to come up with a sustainable, consistent, efficient offense.
Valley Center's volleyball players describe their hour-long bus ride.... to Andover.
Valley Center's volleyball players were outstanding in this interview