Prep volleyball: Warriors lose in five sets once again

September 06, 2012|By CURT HORNBECKER | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — Who could blame Boonsboro volleyball coach Andrea Parry if she’s getting tired of watching her team lose matches in five sets?

But the way the Warriors lost Thursday was especially painful, letting victory slip from their clutches.

Thomas Johnson managed to reverse Boonsboro’s momentum in the final set and claim a 25-18, 26-24, 15-25, 18-25, 15-9 victory.

“(Boonsboro) got the momentum in the second game and we just kind of collapsed,” said Patriots coach Sam Myers. “I told them (going into the fifth set) they lost it. The curtain had come down, and we’ve got to get it back up. I gave them three milestones: Get to five (points) first, 10 first, and 15 first. They accomplished all of those goals.”

Boonsboro (0-2) committed 18 errors to hand TJ the first set, and watched the Patriots establish a 19-9 advantage in Set 2. But that’s when the proverbial switch flipped on for the Warriors.

Taylor Williams and Meredith Craig began to establish control at the net, combining for six kills as Boonsboro tied the set at 24 before falling 26-24.

But the Warriors had gained the momentum. Shelby Griffith began Set 4 with eight straight service points. Boonsboro stretched the lead to 15-5 before coasting to the win.

“We just started to play (midway through the second set),” said Parry. “We (had been) making a lot of mental mistakes, but we were able to turn ourselves around.”

Williams continued her superiority at the net in the fourth set, as four kills and four blocks propelled the Warriors to a 22-15 advantage, setting up the decisive fifth set.

“I don’t know what happened (in the fifth set),” said Parry. “I believe we should have won tonight in three, if not four. To push back that far and lose in Set 5, is very, very tough.”

And it was never really very close in the final set. The Patriots (1-1) jumped out to a 5-2 advantage and stretched the margin to 10-4.

Boonsboro didn’t help itself from the service line, committing 13 service errors in the match to just three for the Patriots.

Griffith finished with 15 service points for the Warriors, while Williams added 16 kills and six blocks. Sarah Anderson chipped in nine kills, while Craig finished with eight.

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