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Cougars proud to serve in win over Goretti

September 02, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

Jefferson went for a spin on Wednesday.

The Cougars experimented with their serves to handcuff St. Maria Goretti as Jefferson opened its season with a 25-8, 21-25, 25-20, 25-5 Apple Valley League volleyball victory at the Gael Center.

"We haven't worked so much on serving," said Jefferson senior Emily Hayes, who scored 20 service points. "If you are smart with serving, then you win games. It feels really good to know that you can lead a team with serving and you don't have to be the tallest. It was the first time that I tried a topspin, because it is hard to return. I felt it was effective, so I just kept doing it."

Hayes put together a nine-point service run to help the Cougars grab a 10-0 lead in the first game. She also served the decisive point in the third game.

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"We played an awesome match," Hayes said. "We came out excited and ready to play. Our defense was good. We had some nice hits."

Caitlyn Reynolds tallied 13 service points, while Keira Osbourn added 10 service points and five service aces for Jefferson. Desire Miller and Shannon Lyons got nine kills each for the Cougars.

Reynolds started the fourth game with nine straight service points and Osbourn ended the game with eight consecutive points to seal the match for the Cougars.

"Defense was the key to our victory tonight in the match," Jefferson coach Blakeley Jackson said. "I think that a good defensive team can beat a good offensive team any day. We have done nothing but passing drills since practice has started. We have focused on passing."

But serving did play a big part in Jefferson's win.

"My girls focused more tonight on placement of serving, instead of just getting the ball over the net," Jackson said. "The serving was better than I expected."

Courtney Thompson had nine service points, eight kills and seven aces for Goretti. Sarah Swope got five kills and Jean Hogan had five assists for the Gaels.

"I think in games two and three we came out pretty strong," said Goretti coach Leah Pongratz. "We were really scrappy and we never gave up on the ball. We were trying to place our hits and our serves and we were pretty successful with that."

Jefferson swept the JV match, 25-11, 25-9.

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