(Oct. 3, 2014) The Worcester Prep and Chesapeake Christian volleyball teams went head-to-head last Tuesday and again this week. Worcester’s Lady Mallards pulled out victories in both match-ups.
Battling for five games on Sept. 23, Worcester edged out Chesapeake Christian three games to two.
Prep Coach Kristin Jehle was happy with the Lady Mallards’ performance in the first game. Serves were on point, the girls communicated on the court, they dug hits and made few errors in the 25-12 win.
“They did everything they were supposed to,” she said.
Unfortunately, things fell apart in the next two games. The Crusaders took games two and three, 25-23 and 25-9.
“We were playing down to the other team’s level. We were very unorganized and we weren’t playing together,” Jehle said. “I told them they’ve got to pick it up and play their best because [Chesapeake Christian] is not going to give up.”
The Mallards heard her warning and their level of play improved in the fourth game. Worcester edged out its opponent 25-20 to force a fifth and final game.
The Prep squad went on a serving run, tallying several aces. With momentum in their favor, the Mallards won the game 15-5.
“When we were on, we were on. When we weren’t, the score reflected that,” Jehle said. “We had a lull in the second and third games, but we stepped in up in the fourth and fifth.”
Senior captain Mattie Maull led Worcester with nine aces, 12 kills and 22 digs. Junior Erika Smith chipped in with two aces, three kills and 30 digs. Senior captain, setter Cecily Sass, logged four aces, five kills, 11 digs and 15 assists. Bridget Brown, a junior, dug 14 Crusaders’ hits.
Chesapeake Christian came to Berlin this week for competition.
The Crusaders topped the Mallards 27-25 in the first game, Tuesday.
“We had two calls that went against us that I thought were a little questionable,” Jehle said. “We lost the momentum so the other team used that to their advantage.”
Worcester took the second game 25-22 and the third 25-20.
The Mallards gained a 7-1 lead in the fourth game. The Crusaders began to chip away at the advantage and tied the score 8-8. Points were traded throughout the game.
At 22-all, the Crusaders hit the ball wide and the Prep squad went ahead by one. Brown gave Worcester its 24th points and Smith ended the match with a serving ace.
“In each game we were around 22 points and we just had to fight for those last three points. Game two, three and four we just kept fighting to win,” Jehle said. “I told them ‘you’ve got to watch the tips, watch the free balls’ and they really responded well to that and they did everything they were supposed to do…A lot of what we’ve been doing in practice they were showing in the games. They were much more aggressive. I loved it.”
Sass contributed with 12 kills and 18 assists. Maull chipped in with four aces, 35 digs and 14 kills. Freshman Caroline Pasquariello dug 25 Crusaders’ hits.
Worcester will participate in a six-school tournament on Saturday in Greenwood, Del.