SPRINGFIELD —The Wayne Warriors volleyball team traveled to Springfield on Tuesday, Sept. 22 and hoped to spoil the Wildcats Homecoming for Senior Night.
The Warriors started off the evening in very slow fashion and the Wildcats took advantage of many unforced errors in the first set to take a commanding 16-7 lead. The Warriors then rung off nine of the next 16 points to make the game a little closer at 23-16. Akaila Howard then served for four straight points making the game 23-20. The teams then traded the next two points and a service error by the Warriors finished off set one, 25-21.
In game two tied at 14-14. Maya Dunson then gained serve and rallied off three straight aces and the Warriors put another kill on the board to take an 18-14 advantage. The teams then traded the next 14 points to give the Warriors a 25-21 win.
The Warriors took an early and commanding lead in game three as they quickly went up by scores of 14-8 and then 21-14. Morgan Santos took control with her serve as she put together five straight points in set three to take the commanding 21-14 lead. Give Springfield some credit, said Coach John Herzer, as they fought back to get the score to 24-21 before a serving error by Springfield finished off the game by score of 25-21.
There was never any doubt in game four as the Warriors came out fast and controlled the game from the onset. The girls took a commanding 16-4 lead and never looked back. The Warriors continued to control the ball and put the game away 25-12 to earn their sixth victory of the season.
The Warriors were led on the evening by Katelyn Hill with 14 kills and Howard added 13 kills. Dunson added 31 assists. Sydney Herzer and Tyson Kinnel added 19 and 18 digs, respectively. Freshman Kayla Stephens led with five blocks. Tyson Kinnel Wayne with a 2.5 passer rating.
Coach Herzer said he was thrilled with the performance of both outside hitters tonight.
“Our outsides dominated tonight and for us to be successful, they will have to carry the load for us. Katelyn is such a smart and crafty hitter. Katelyn never gets cheated with her swing. And she just has a knack for hitting around the block.
“Akaila had a game tonight that most outsides dream of. She had 13 kills and only two errors on the evening. She served her butt off tonight and she was all over the floor. Her effort tonight was simply the best she has displayed all year. She has been our best hitter all year and now it’s fun to watch Katelyn challenge her”
Coach Herzer said he has young middles on his squad, which is such a demanding position.
“I only had the chance to play two of my three middles, but Kayla Stephens had her best game blocking,” he said. “She frustrated Springfield’s hitters tonight. Alexa Trusty is so tall with such a long reach. Although she didn’t get credit for any official blocks tonight, she certainly made Springfield’s hitters change their swings. They don’t realize this yet but any time you make a hitter change something in their swing you have succeeded. Overall this was just a great performance after our slow start, I really don’t have much I can complain about. I told them, they were just fun to watch tonight.”