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Serving huge part of Decatur Seahawks’ victory over Warriors

(Oct. 25, 2013) The Stephen Decatur Seahawks were smiling and laughing and it was obvious they were having a good time on the court Monday as they faced the Pocomoke Warriors volleyball team in Berlin.

“I think that makes a world of difference. When they’re having fun and they’re being a little goofy, I feel like they play more comfortable and a lot better,” said Decatur Coach Sarah Zimmer after the victory.

The home team won the first game 25-9. The Seahawks outscored the Warriors 25-13 in the second game.

Serving was key in the third game as Decatur tallied 14 aces in the 25-5 win. Senior Kiley Cooke served five of those aces. She also logged seven kills in the three-game match.

Also contributing to the win was senior captain Katie VanBruggen (eight aces, six kills), who finished the third game with a jump serve ace,  and juniors Haley Trice (seven aces, six assists) and Kayla Heinz (seven assists). Senior Ashley DePaul had five digs.

“I thought we started off a little slow and flat-footed, but then we definitely picked it up, and making a few little adjustments of the front row getting off the net when they needed to, I thought they did much better by the end,” Zimmer said. “We were moving and talking a lot better.”

The draw for position in the regional tournament brackets is Monday. Decatur (8-7) will compete in Section I of the 3A South division. Playoff action is scheduled to begin Thursday, Oct. 31.

“I still feel like there are little things that we need to improve on that we’ve been working on all season long that maybe haven’t quite clicked yet,” Zimmer said. “But if they can play like they did [Monday], comfortable [and] having fun, then we’ll be fine.”


Stephen Decatur senior captain Katie VanBruggen plays the ball over the net during Monday’s
game against Pocomoke in Berlin.

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