SPRINGFIELD — The lady Warriors volleyball team traveled to Springfield last Tuesday night in hopes of keeping their winning streak alive. However, Wayne fell in a four set match by scores of 25-19, 18-25, 25-22 and 25-17.
In the first two games, each team took early control of the game and then ride the momentum to victory as the match was knotted one set each after the first two games. In game three, each team had brief moments of momentum, but Wayne became uncharacteristic at the service line with many unforced errors which eventually gave the Wildcats the victory in set three.
Set four was knotted at a 13-13 tie and then Wayne had four unforced errors in a row giving Springfield the momentum.
“We just fell into a lull in this match and game exemplified that,” Wayne Coach John Herzer said. “We were down and I don’t think we were as focused as we needed to be. We beat them earlier in the season and I wasn’t real happy with our warm up. I’m not sure if we thought this would be an easy victory since we handled them pretty well earlier, but if that was the case we have to learn from this.”
Springfield eventually put set four in the bag and their team was thrilled with Wayne.
“Springfield beat us tonight and I hope my girls learned something from watching them celebrate their victory,” said Herzer. “My girls became frustrated as they just looked puzzled after the match. I told them I thought they wanted it more than we did and we need to approach and respect every opponent. Even the ones we have beaten before.”
Wayne had 41 kills on the night but hit a very high 24 swinging errors. The Warriors also had eight aces and 90 digs.
“We did have too many service errors with 14,” said Herzer. “When you play for two hours and see we lost the match by a total of 10 points, it does make you reflect on what you could and maybe should have done differently.>
The team was led on the night by Akaila Howard with 14 kills. Kayla Stephens and Maya Dunson added six each and Katelyn Hill had five. Dunson led Wayne with 21 assists and actually became ill during the game, so Tyson Kinnel ended up setting and had a very commendable nine assists in set two, according to Coach Herzer. Sydney Herzer led with 26 digs and Tyson added 19.
“We only had two blocks on the night and I found that disappointing.” Coach Herzer stated. “My middles are young and very inexperienced and they are learning and improving from game to game. I told them the sooner they can pick it up the better our team will be. Their offense is getting there and I can only hope that the defense (blocking) will soon follow.”