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Indians have too much left for Gaels

September 15, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN

St. Maria Goretti's volleyball team played a cleaner match than Berkeley Springs through three games to take a 2-1 lead. But the Indians' superior firepower ultimately prevailed in a 26-28, 25-13, 18-25, 25-19, 15-3 victory Tuesday night at the Gael Center.

"Our biggest problem was getting over the echo and how loud this gym is," Berkeley Springs coach Holli McCumbee said. "It was hard for them to hear each other. ... We went back to basics. They needed to hustle, talk to each other, trust each other and play as a team."

The Indians (2-2) dominated the final game as the Gaels (0-4) ran out of gas, giving up seven points on errors. Berkeley Springs scored the game's first six points, and another six-point run made it 13-2.

"I tried taking a timeout (down 3-0) to pull them back together, but it didn't help," said Goretti coach Tonya Angle. "They were tired, and they lost it. We've been working on getting to 25, now we've got to get through the whole match."

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Berkeley Springs made 49 errors, compared to 39 for Goretti. But the Indians made up for it with 41 kills and 28 aces, while the Gaels could only muster 19 kills and 19 aces.

Trailing 24-22 in Game 1, Goretti fended off two game points when Jessica Swarner served three straight aces to give the Gaels a game point. Toni Davidson and Brooklyn McCusker answered with kills to give Berkeley Springs another game point, but two Indians errors -- they had 14 in the game to the Gaels' seven -- gave Goretti game point, and Lauren Laskin's second-touch kill won it.

Berkeley Springs righted the ship with a 12-point run including six aces by Casey Solomon for a 14-3 lead in Game 2. The Indians cut their errors in half from Game 1 and had nine aces and seven kills compared to Goretti's one kill and four aces.

Game 3 looked more like Game 1, with Berkeley Springs making 13 errors and Goretti only six. The Gaels closed the game with a 5-0 run, including two aces by Jean Hogan and kills by Beth Eich and Laskin.

Game 4 also came down to a closing five-point run, but this time Berkeley Springs was on the winning side as the Indians leveled the match. McCusker had two aces and McKenzie Ambrose and Solomon had kills in the final run as Berkeley Springs overcame 13 errors with the help of nine kills and six aces.

Ambrose had 21 assists and eight kills to lead the Indians. Davidson had 13 kills, Solomon had 11 aces and, four kills, Toni Close had eight aces and six kills, McCusker had nine assists, five aces and three kills, and Courtney Miller added five kills.

Hogan had eight assists, four kills and four aces to lead Goretti. Ellie Burke had six kills, Eich had four kills and Hannah Geesaman added three aces.

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