WORTHINGTON -- Sadie Voss was trying to mix up her serves.
A sophomore on Jackson County Central’s volleyball team, Voss was dynamic at the service line in Tuesday’s match against Worthington.
“I just try to keep it away from the libero,” Voss said. “She’s pretty good at passing and she did really good tonight. I tried to mix it up and tried to hit the seams and just play hard.”
Voss had seven ace serves as the Huskies earned a sweep over Worthington by scores of 25-17, 25-18 and 25-18. As a team, JCC finished with 12 aces.
“We played really good as a team,” Voss said. “We communicated good. Sometimes it was up and down, but I thought we did pretty solid. Our serving was really good and all around, it was pretty good.”
And while the Huskies took the Trojans in three games, WHS hung tough throughout.
“It was a very close battle. I was really impressed with our fight and our intensity the whole match, we never lost that,” Worthington coach Jessica Hogan said. “Any coach wants their team to be playing the best they can at the end of the year no matter what, and I feel like these girls are doing that. Credit to them and how hard they come to work everyday at practice, they always have a smile on their face and they are having a lot of fun. I really give a lot of credit to them for that.”
In the second and third games, the scores were tied late. But each time, JCC pulled away.
“I think just the mindset of being able to talk and see what has been effective for us,” JCC head coach Deidre Wierson said of the final points. “Our right-side attack was effective, so we really focused on pushing the ball over to the back side as well as seeing any holes that were open on their defense. The girls listen and they really work well together as a team to make that all happen.”
After JCC took the first game, the score was tied at 18 in the second game. However, a kill by JCC’s Georgianna Wenzel (six kills) started a 7-0 run to take the second set.
“I think we came together as a team and talked about it after every play,” Voss said of the closing points. “We had to be really aggressive on everything. You have to go all out to win because tipping wasn’t going to get it done. You have to swing hard and be aggressive.”
In the third game, the teams were knotted at 16. However, the Huskies’ Regan Farmer (10 kills) had a kill and Alaina Wolff (nine kills) and Rachel Anderson each had a pair of kills late to finish off the sweep.
“A lot of places were open,” said Voss, who had seven kills. “The blocks were open. We tried to get in there every play to draw the block and make other options open for other players. Then my teammates got it done, too.”
The Huskies improve to 12-8 this season. But as the playoffs approach, the records won’t matter, Voss said.
“We have to finish strong because it doesn’t matter when we come to playoffs, it’s a whole new thing,” Voss said. “We just have to erase the whole season and I know we are capable of a lot. We have a lot of potential.”
Tarren Spartz and Olivia Hayenga led the Trojans with four kills, while Ellie Weg and Sophie Wietzema each had three kills and four blocks.
Tuesday was also senior night for six Worthington players -- Kara Thuringer, Gracie Barber, Madisyn Huisman, Maya Scheitel-Taylor, Jordyn Sholes and Payton Sauerbrei.
“It’s just a great group of girls,” Hogan said. “Really, really have given a lot to the program, a lot of time and dedication. They are loved by their teammates and the coaches have enjoyed working with them and we’re going to miss them.”