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Encouraged by girls’ play

LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor

(Oct. 12, 2012) The Worcester Prep volleyball team may have lost last Friday’s match against the Holly Grove Eagles in Westover, Md., but Coach Herb Simon was pleased with the Lady Mallards’ performance.

“I thought it was the best we’ve played,” he said. “They’re a legitimate team in our league and to score 17, 18 points against them is great. We’re improving a lot and I’m encouraged by some of the things I’ve seen.”

Holly Grove won the first game 25-17, the second 25-14 and took the third game 25-18.

Simon said junior Claire Stickler displayed strong leadership on the court. She encouraged and guided her teammates. Stickler recorded four service points, three kills and three digs. Mattie Maull, a sophomore, contributed five kills.

The Mallards competed against the Greenwood Mennonite Flames in Greenwood, Del., on Monday. The home team won 25-21, 25-21 and 25- 20.

“We were ahead in the games and then we’d make a few errors and lose the lead,” Simon said. “I think we could have won those games.”

Simon said the Mallards are athletic, but their opponents are more knowledgeable of the game and have the fundamentals of down.

“We’ve got a young team and it’s difficult when you have so many novices,” he said. “I’ve just got to keep working with them and reinforce the things they need to do.”

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