(Oct. 24, 2014) The fourth-seeded Worcester Prep volleyball team may have lost to No. 1 Salisbury Christian in the semifinal round of the Peninsula Athletic Christian Conference tournament last Friday, but Coach Kristin Jehle was pleased with what she saw from the Lady Mallards.
“I think this was the best they’ve done against Salisbury Christian, actually. Salisbury Christian is ranked No. 1 and they have some really great hitters and servers,” Jehle said after the match in Berlin. “I’m happy because they’re starting to make those moves that they need. Before, they let the ball drop and now they’re at least taking a step and going for it, and they’re still learning. It’s a long process, but they’re doing a lot better.”
The Jaguars won the first game 25-8.
The teams traded points throughout the second game, but Salisbury Christian gained the lead and held on to earn a 25-18 victory. The Jaguars took the third game 25-13 to advance to the championship match where they met the Holly Grove Eagles. The Eagles defeated the Greenwood Mennonite Flames in their semifinal match. Salisbury took home the PACC title.
Senior captain Mattie Maull had 14 digs, seven kills, two blocks and one ace for Worcester.
“I think we played up to their level and did really well. I think everyone had their best game,” Maull said. “We talked a lot and worked really hard.”
Senior captain, setter Cecily Sass, contributed with two aces, seven assists, one kill and one block. Erika Smith, a junior, dug 15 Jaguars’ hits, and senior captain Michelle Curtis tallied two aces and six digs.
“They were keeping up with them for a good part of the match,” Jehle said. “I think this is the loudest they’ve communicated with each other, and they’ve just done a really great job. It’s finally all starting to come together and I’m really pleased.”