Huskies dine on Trojans
JACKSON -- Behind Megan Bezdicek's 16 kills, the Jackson County Central Huskies swept the Worthington Trojans in a Southwest Conference volleyball match Thursday.
"The crowd was saying, 'you can't stop her' and she was on fire," JCC head coach Teresa Van Epps said of Bezdicek's night. "It just goes to show that kid is a player, and those kids don't come around that much. We have such a great core around her too, so that makes it fun and exciting."
JCC (11-2 overall, 1-1 conference) defeated Worthington (6-3, 1-2) 25-21 in the first game, before winning Game 2, 25-14. The Huskies then won the third game, 25-18 to complete the sweep.
"You could see that they were having a hard time, and you just take it for that and come back and get ready to go again tomorrow," Worthington head coach Jen Clark said. "We anticipated coming in and playing a lot better than we did. So I thought it was frustrating."
Coming off a sweep at the hands of Marshall, the Trojans faced another tough conference opponent in the Huskies.
"We've had a couple of our tougher conference games with Marshall and Jackson, so it gives us a measuring tool," Clark said. "We know that we're going to face some of these teams again, so we have to make ourselves better."
In the first game, JCC had a 5-point lead before Worthington even got on the board, and increased the lead to seven after an ace by Bezdicek.
"I think we started out really slow in Game 1; we gave them a lot of points," Clark said. "We fought back, but it was just too little too late."
The Trojans would climb back into the game, and would trail by just three after one of Lizzy Wetering's two kills on the night.
With the score 20-17, JCC maintained the lead and went on to win a tight 4-point victory.
"Tonight we played as a team," Van Epps said. "The girls have been struggling with that the last couple of weeks. I just asked them tonight, just go out and enjoy each other, and they did it."
The Trojans took momentum into the second game and held a 5-2 lead early.
However, Worthington could not hold the lead as the Huskies went on a 14-1 run to turn a 3-point deficit into a 10-point lead.
"In the second game, we started out kind of strong," Clark said. "They had a couple of good hits, and we had a couple things go wrong."
Worthington never recovered as Bezdicek put the finishing touches on a 25-14 victory.
"It really clicked and when it's on, it's on, and when it's off, it's really off and it's ugly," Van Epps said. "The girls found a nice rhythm, and they played well."
JCC had a 4-0 lead to start the third game, but Worthington climbed back into the game. One of Holli Aggen's six kills brought the Trojans to within one point at 8-7.
The teams would trade points for the next few rallies.
Tied at 12-all, the Huskies went on a 7-2 run en route to a 25-18 victory.
"The third game was better," Clark said. "We stayed with them a lot better point for point, we didn't have the runs that we had until about 18, and then they took off on us. It's a good evaluation for us. We didn't get the conference win, but these are some things we need to work on."
Anneli Dudley paced the Trojans with 10 set assists, while Aggen added six.
JCC had a strong night serving, as the Huskies had 19 aces on the night.
Dastinee Vancura had seven, while Bezdicek and Anna Meneely each had five. Meneely added 22 set assists in the match.
"They did a great job," Van Epps said. "We served really well. The last four practices, we worked on serve receive because that was something that was down last week. The ladies passed the ball right on target. It was a great evening."
JCC will host Fairmont on Monday night, while the Trojans will have a week off.
"I think that's going to help," Clark said of the week off. "We've had some sick kids, so I think it will give us a chance to rest and have some time to refocus."
However, the Trojans will host a powerful Windom team in a key Southwest Conference match-up.
"It doesn't get any easier," Clark said. "Our conference is tough, and there aren't any gimmies. So we have to be ready for every game; we'll bounce back."