Rose Hill volleyball stays unbeaten with wins over Maize, Andover Central
MAIZE Of the first nine points scored in Rose Hill’s match at Maize on Thursday night, five came when Rose Hill committed unforced errors. Those errors included a hit out and into the net by senior outside Kylie Pfaff.
But Rose Hill setter Kynnedy Myers didn’t stop looking for Pfaff. Nope, she kept going back to her again and again and again.
Pfaff finished with 18 kills in the match as Rose Hill (6-0) beat Maize (8-4) 29-27, 31-29. Rose Hill also beat Andover Central 25-17, 25-18, while Maize beat Andover Central 25-17, 26-24.
“She’s a great player,” Rose Hill coach Melissa Segovia said. “Kudos to her. We can go to her when we need things. If we need to get something — passing, hitting, a tough serve — she’s our go-to. She’s very, very athletic, and each year she’s improved.
“She can literally look on the other side of the court and see where they’re not.”
Myers ended Maize’s 8-1 run to open the first set by getting a kill from the right side. Then Pfaff followed with three straight kills from the left side.
After Maize took a 14-12 lead on junior Keiryn Swenson’s kill that landed in the middle of the floor, Pfaff answered with a kill. And when Maize led 21-19 after an ace by Tyler Downs, Pfaff had another kill.
Pfaff, who is 5-foot-9, gets up so high over the net and has a powerful swing. Even hitting in the back row, she doesn’t lose her ferocity.
In the second set, Maize snatched a 6-2 lead by taking advantage of three consecutive unforced errors by the Rockets.
But Myers went to Pfaff again, getting consecutive kills from her in the back row.
“If I make a bad set, Kylie perfects it,” Myers said. “… I can always count on her to put the ball down.”
Maize had a 14-12 lead after Maryssa Recio stuff blocked Pfaff and then Swenson, who had a team-high six kills in the match, got a kill.
“I’m not going to say that I’m satisfied because we didn’t do everything that we could to win,” Maize coach Betsy Manning said. “But it was the highest level of play that we’ve had in 11 matches.… I was happy that we’re playing at our highest level.”
Rose Hill built a 21-19 lead after a kill by Pfaff, Madison Deganan and two from Victoria Egidy, who had six kills in the match.
“That was such a big win,” Pfaff said. “Huge momentum for the season.… We were so mentally tough. Mental toughness is everything in those kinds of games.”