Eagles down Falcons in four
EDGERTON -- After losing the first game, 25-12, the Southwest Christian Eagles found themselves in a hole against Red Rock Central Tuesday evening in a Red Rock Conference volleyball tilt.
"I could see the girls were really trying hard, and the girls were over-swinging," SWC head coach Dan Broekhuis said. "We were over-passing and popping things up. The girls allowed me to help them work through it a little bit, so I appreciate that."
The Eagles (5-0, 13-4) responded with a 25-14 victory in Game 2, followed by a tight 25-22 win in the third game. SWC then won Game 4, 25-10, to win the contest.
"It doesn't make a lot of sense, in volleyball, how it can be that way," Broekhuis said of the Eagles rallying after a poor start. "So that's why the girls have to realize, you have to hang in there and basically keep the ball in play."
The Falcons (3-2, 9-9), aided by two of Abby Halter's four aces on the night, started the first game on a 13-4 run.
SWC was never close in the game as RRC took Game 1.
"Things were working well in the first game, and I knew that these guys would be coming back strong in the second game and the third game," RRC head coach Mary Shaner said.
The Eagles did come back strong in Game 2. RRC held a 10-7 lead early in the game, causing Broekhuis to use a time out.
Coming out of the time out, the Eagles went on a 9-1 run behind the serving of April Reitsma to take a five point lead.
SWC would build the lead into a 25-14 victory to win Game 2 and even the match at one game apiece.
"We were just trying too hard," Broekhuis said. "So I said that you have to 'trust your training and keep doing what you usually do.' To practice one way and play another doesn't do any good. I've been around long enough to know that sometimes you get a little flat, and so try to get a little confidence. We got a few passes going and a little bit of rhythm."
The third game proved to be the closest game of the night.
SWC built a 10-3 behind a kill from Angie Vermeer early in the game. But the Falcons would go on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 10-all.
SWC would continue to hold a lead behind the play of Kelsey Van Dyke (11 kills, 13 digs, eight blocks) to take a tight 25-22 victory.
"I think these guys were starting to get on a roll, too," Shaner said. "That's what you train for; you have to start strong and have to keep going."
The Eagles carried their momentum into the fourth game for a 25-10 victory.
"I thought our girls played up a level, compared to what we've been playing against a tall team," Shaner said. "I thought we dug up some balls, and we served well tonight. We've been struggling on serving."
Halter and Jena Jorgenson were each 13-of-14 serving, while Kelly Shaner was 12-of-13 with four aces.
For SWC, Brianna Spronk had six kills, while Emily Prins led the way with 17 set assists. Amber Van't Hof and Kayla Broekhuis each scored 12 points from the service line.
For RRC, Halter had 10 kills, while Alyssa Schmidt had six. Krystal Sell led the way with 16 set assists.
The Falcons will host Edgerton on Thursday, while the Eagles will travel to Southwest Star Concept.
The Quasars swept Adrian Tuesday to stay undefeated and setup a showdown of two undefeated teams in the Red Rock Conference.
"That's a huge game," Broekhuis said. "They are a very, very good ball control team. They don't make many mistakes; they could really run the score up in a hurry. We seem to play to the level of our opponent, so hopefully we'll play a little bit better."