Lady Patriots earn 3-0 WOAC volleyball win at Arcanum
ARCANUM – The Tri-Village Lady Patriots defeated the Arcanum Lady Trojans in straight sets, 25-10, 25-20 and 25-22 in Tuesday night WOAC volleyball action.
“It’s become a rivalry in volleyball the last five or six years for us,” said Tri-Village coach, Chris Brewer. “Every game we play here or there it’s a rivalry game – the girls are all pumped up, there’s bigger crowds.”
“They brought a lot,” said Arcanum coach, Jacie Holman. “We have five seniors but we still have a lot of inexperience players up there who are trying to make it work.”
“When we play tough teams like Tri-Village, even in a rebuilding year we’re still trying to compete with them,” Holman continued. “We’re still trying to get these girls ready for that experience and we’re still not there. It’s still early in the season. I keep saying that but I know we can get there, we just have to put all our pieces together.”
The Lady Patriots jumped out to a 12-5 first set lead bringing a timeout from the Arcanum bench. Tri-Village pushed its lead to double digits at 16-6 on their way to a 25-10 first set win.
“I was very proud of the way we started,” said Brewer. “That first game we kind of dominated in every facet and got them out of system.”
Set No. 2 had Tri-Village leading early 11-6 bringing a timeout followed with a Patriots timeout with the Lady Trojans battling back to trail 19-16. Tri-Village closed out 6-4 to earn a 5-point win and go up 2-0 on the night.
“Today more than in the years past everybody contributed,” noted Coach Brewer. “We may have some times in the past where we rely heavily on a big hitter to get hot. These games we are winning in serve, we are doing good in serve receive, we’re hustling and getting the ball up and then you have different girls getting kills. We’re not super powerful, we’re being smart, trying to outsmart the other team, put the ball in the hole.”
The young Arcanum team experience wise continued to battle and trail 14-10 in the third set. The Lady Trojans pulled within 2-points to trail 19-17 bringing a Tri-Village timeout. Arcanum cut it to a 1-point deficit at 22-21 bringing a second Patriots timeout. Tri-Village closed out the night 3-1 to earn a 25-22 third set win and take the match 3-0.
“Their willingness to fight back and not lay down and accept it – I’m extremely proud of them,” said Coach Holman. “We went in between the first and second set and said, ‘that is not how Arcanum volleyball plays’ and we really stepped it up. It just wasn’t enough, we couldn’t push enough to get those last two sets and really try to make it into four or five set.
“I give credit to Coach Brewer and his girls,” Holman added. “They bring it and they’re aggressive. They don’t let any ball drop and they were the better team tonight.”
“We have a good team, a balanced team, we just need to keep getting that experience and tonight was great, I couldn’t be happier with the way we played,” Coach Brewer said. “Morgan Hunt, big senior out here – she’s kind of been in the shadows the last couple of years behind our other girls but this year, I told her ‘you have the opportunity to really shine” because she is going to get a lot of sets and she did great tonight. She was smart with her hits, didn’t make a lot of errors, she had a bunch of kills.”
“My other senior, Shelby (Mintkenbaugh) my setter, you watch her, she’ll be exhausted after the game,” added Brewer, “she’s working that hard. She does a heck of a job.”
With the win Tri-Village improves to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in conference play. Arcanum goes to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the WOAC.