It’s pretty hard for any volleyball team to get anything going offensively when a team serves the ball into the net or out of bounds.
Smith-Cotton’s Lady Tigers and the Warrensburg Lady Tigers both missed six serves in the opening game of their West Central Conference match Thursday night at the Smith-Cotton gym. Despite their unexpected dismal performance from the serving line, S-C registered a 25-15, 25-16 conference win over their rivals from Warrensburg.
S-C finished the match with seven missed serves, just one in the second game. S-C’s longest stretch of offensive consistency in the first game was a five-point run when Abby Knight served two aces and knocked down a kill and Haley Gleason knocked one down and Warrensburg started the string with a serve into the net as S-C padded its lead from 13-11 to 18-11.
S-C established its largest lead at 21-12 on an ace by Maddy Foster and Gleason’s second kill in the opening game.
Warrensburg, 3-11-3 overall and 1-5 in conference, led twice early at 1-0 and 2-1 in the opening game before S-C took the lead for good at 7-6 after the first game was tied four times.
Starting with two aces by Hannah Woolery, a net kill and a kill that sailed wide by Warrensburg, S-C shot out to a 4-0 lead in the nightcap. However, the run ended when Woolery planted her fifth serve into the net to put Warrensburg on the board at 4-1.
That was the last missed serve by S-C the rest of the way and their offense really began to roll midway through the second game.
Midway through the second game, Foster nailed a beautiful kill down the right sideline to start up a 5-1 S-C run that extended their lead to 14-8. Foster had an ace, Bailey Curry, Woolery and Knight each had a kill in the run and Warrensburg planted a kill in the net.
Finally starting to click on offense, Lauren Lansing served two straight aces, Warrensburg put a kill in the net and Knight had a kill and S-C lead 21-10.
It was game, set and match to the S-C Lady Tigers, who improved to 17-4-2 overall and 6-2 in the West Central. It was the second win for S-C over Warrensburg this fall. S-C has two conference games left, at state-ranked St. Pius and at home against ranked O’Hara. S-C has to win both games to gain at least a tie for the conference title.
Foster and Gleason both had four kills for S-C, Curry two and Woolery two. Lansing had one block. Foster had seven assists and Courtney Koetting four. Cynthia Perez had 13 digs, Woolery eight and Koetting six. Lansing had five aces, Gleason three and Knight two.
Warrensburg won the freshman match 25-21, 25-17 and the junior varsity match 25-19, 25-12.