It was a slow start for the Washington Lady Blue Lions volleyball team, but a strong finish to an SCOL match against the visiting McClain Lady Tigers Thursday, Sept. 8.
McClain won the first set, 25-21, but Washington focused in and won the next three sets, 25-22, 27-25 and 25-10.
“We weren’t playing badly, but, we weren’t playing well,” Washington head coach Ashley DeAtley said. “We got in a rut there in the beginning.
“They have one player in the middle who is very quick and she was playing well, especially in that first set,” DeAtley said. “They were tipping on us and that has given us problems lately. We’ve been working on that.”
As the match moved along, Washington’s play improved, according to DeAtley.
“We got more accustomed to getting those off the floor,” DeAtley said. “Our libero, Haley Maxie, did a really nice job of getting everything off the floor that she could.
“We had some injury issues and our setting wasn’t as consistent in the first set as we’d like it to be,” DeAtley said. “In the second game, we dug ourselves a hole again. This time, we saw fire from the girls and they battled back.
“It seemed like we were on our way from there,” DeAtley said. “We had consistent play from the girls. Faith Kobel was blocking and hitting well. We just kept telling our setter, Halli Wall, to keep feeding (Kobel) the ball.
“McClain gave us a pretty good battle in the first three sets,” DeAtley said. “In the fourth set, they had a lot of mistakes; hitting errors. We served really tough. Halli Wall and Delaney Greer served really well.”
Washington is now 5-1 in the SCOL, tied for second with Miami Trace. The Lady Lions (6-5 overall) are at Miami Trace Tuesday. The j-v play at 5 p.m. with varsity to follow 20 minutes after the conclusion of that match.
Statistically for Washington, Victoria Jones led attackers with 14 kills. Faith Kobel had 7 kills, Delaney Greer had 7 kills and Hannah Haithcock had 6 kills.
Delaney Greer led with 4 aces, Haley Maxie had 3 aces, and Halli Wall had 3 aces.
Faith Kobel had 5 solo blocks and 7 block assists. Victoria Jones had 5 solo blocks and 6 block assists.
Haley Maxie had 41 digs, followed by senior Madalyn Wayne with 17 digs, Delaney Greer with 10 digs, and Hannah Haithcock with 9 digs.
On Saturday, Sept. 3, Washington took part in a tournament at Unioto High School.
Washington defeated Eastern Brown, 2-0, before later falling to Unioto and Athens (both 2-0).
Reach Chris Hoppes at 740-335-3611, ext. 1104, or on Twitter @choppes1