(Oct. 18, 2013) The Stephen Decatur volleyball team performed well in the second and third games of Monday’s match against the Parkside Rams, according to Coach Sarah Zimmer. Unfortunately, the Lady Seahawks didn’t play at the same level in Games 1, 4 and 5, and the visiting squad lost the competition in Salisbury.
Parkside won the first game 25-10. Decatur edged out its opponent 25-23 in the second game. The Seahawks scored a 25-20 victory in the third.
After the first game, Zimmer said she told her players “if we could play a couple notches better, then we could get the win.”
“We needed to play smarter and they did. The second and third games were both back and forth,” Zimmer said.
The Rams took the fourth game 25-10 and secured the win, outscoring the Seahawks 15-5 in the fifth.
“I really have no words to describe Games 1, 4, and 5. We were flat-footed, not communicating well [and] our passing was awful,” Zimmer said. “Games 2 and 3 we were excited and everything was going well. I truly thought we had that win in the bag after Games 2 and 3. For some reason, we shut down and couldn’t dig ourselves out of the hole we were in in Games 4 and 5. We made a lot of silly mistakes and unforced errors.”
Decatur junior setter Haley Trice had 17 assists. Hannah Adkins, a junior, tallied 13 kills and four blocks and senior captain Taylor Black recorded three aces, three kills and a block. Senior Sammi Quilter dug eight Rams’ hits. Kiley Cooke, a senior, had four kills and four digs.
Decatur won Wednesday’s match against the Snow Hill Eagles in three games–25-9, 25-11 and 25-9–in Berlin, but the girls’ play was sloppy, Zimmer said.
“Snow Hill was scrappy as usual, so they were able to send some balls back our way that we were not ready for. We had a few balls drop and at times [we] were running into each other,” Zimmer said. “I thought our hitters did a great job tonight of actually finish the play, and our serving was great.”
Senior captain Katie VanBruggen and Adkins chipped in with seven and five kills, respectively. Black logged eight aces and six kills, Cooke blocked three Eagles’ hits and Trice had 18 assists.
Decatur will host the Pocomoke Warriors on Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Berlin.