Carroll volleyball tops East in three sets
There was a lull, and one that couldnt really be attributed to a slow start for the Bishop Carroll volleyball team, because by the time it hit they already had a set under their belts.
So there was East, reeling off point after point against the Golden Eagles, rallying from a 10-8 deficit to a 19-10 lead in Tuesday nights triangular at Bishop Carroll. And the Aces didnt stop there, tying the match 1-1 with a 25-21 victory.
Then we picked it up, Carroll coach Rita Mernagh said. Everybody looked a lot better. Not a lot to criticize from there on out.
Carroll picked it up and then some, answering with a 25-15 win in the third set and then rolling past Heights 25-20, 25-12 to complete the sweep and improve to 15-5 overall and 5-1 in City League play.
I think it all comes down to our serve-receive, Mernagh said. And our hitters did a nice job of finding the openings tonight. Were excited about how we played up front.
Against East, middle Lyndsey Becker had the hot hand for Carroll, chalking up 10 kills in the match. The Eagles didnt even get their first lead in the third set until going up 10-9, but never looked back after that. Becker finished with 14 kills in the two matches.
Lyndsey was the one who led us against East, Mernagh said. And then against Heights, it was Taylor Bevis, who has a lot of power and does a really nice job for us.
Bevis, a junior who was honorable mention all-state last season, finished with 18 kills in the two matches, with 13 coming against Heights to close out the sweep, including several once Carroll began to close in on set and then match points. Carroll remains in second in the City League standings.
We get down a couple of points and it pushes you a little more, Bevis said. Youre looking for that good set or that good hit and then you just want to do it again and again. Perfect set or pass, perfect hit you get into that flow and thats what you want as a team.
East scrapped its way to a split, topping Heights 25-10, 25-23 in their match behind the front-line play of Andrea Navarro and Allegra Carson.
Our team and what we do is based on mental toughness and execution, thats what our coach stresses, Carson said. Thats what keeps our minds focused and in the game. When we execute, were normally pretty good, and thats what we were doing (against Heights).