Valley Center volleyball beats Andover in three sets
ANDOVER The Valley Center volleyball team slogged through a second set win over an overmatched Arkansas City on Tuesday night at Andover, lackluster as the Hornets readied for the match of the night against Andover.
The first set against Andover was less-than-stellar, as well, as the Trojans dominated in a 10-point win with seven kills and six stuff blocks.
Yet Valley Center rediscovered its energy and beat Andover 15-25, 25-20, 25-19. The Hornets also beat Arkansas City 25-11, 25-22, while Andover beat Ark City 25-15, 25-9.
“You kind of knew after Saturday that they were going to come out hot,” said Valley Center coach Bryan Otte, whose team beat Andover in the Hornets’ tournament on Saturday. “… We put some stuff in (Monday), just some adjustments that I was hoping this team could handle by now. But to them, it must have seemed a symposium on nuclear propulsion or something because it just totally broke down in the first (set).”
Valley Center (15-2) committed five unforced errors as Andover (13-4) took a 12-4 lead. The Hornets’ first kill of the match came on Perrin Spears’ shot that cut the lead to 15-8.
Through the next two sets, though, Valley Center’s play drastically improved.
“It was more of a focus and talking thing,” said Spears, who had eight kills in the match. “I think we didn’t have our heads in it enough in the beginning. We decided we had to step up. We didn’t play at the level we can always play.”
Andover took advantage — Jaylyn Agnew had three kills and two stuff blocks in that first set, while Regan Peare had two kills, two blocks.
But while Valley Center found its hitting rhythm, Andover stumbled a bit, thus giving the Hornets an opening. Valley Center took a 9-4 lead in the second set off four Trojans unforced errors. Andover tied it at 10-all, but Valley Center controlled the rest of the set.
The third set was tight with seven ties as Andover’s Lindy LeMaster got a stuff block to tie it at 10-all. She finished with seven kills.
But the back-and-forth aspect of the match ended when Valley Center scored nine of the next 12 points; Andover didn’t get closer than five points the rest of the way.
“Our hitting is struggling,” Andover coach Sue Coffman said. “I think teams hit spells.… You hit that point where you’re going to have to adjust a little bit. We’re going too early, and then we’re hitting into the net or hitting in the block.”