The final score of 3-0 would indicate ADM had complete command of Tuesday’s Raccoon River Conference volleyball match against Perry. The Tigers prevailed by set scores of 25-18, 25-8 and 25-17, but Jayette head coach John Fulton said he had little trouble in finding bright spots.
“I told the girls in the locker room that the first and third games was good volleyball, the kind of volleyball we are capable of playing,” he said. “We played those two games about as cleanly as any two games this season and it shows what we can do when we get everything clicking. ADM is a good team with plenty of experience, but we were right with them for most of the first and third games.”
Perry (2-12, 0-2) played nearly even with ADM (8-3, 1-0) for most of the opener, never allowing the Tigers to go on an extended run and standing with 15-13. The Tigers opened a 20-14 gap, but Perry closed to 22-18 before the visitors pulled out the win.
The teams were tied at 5-all in the second set when Tiger sophomore Abbie Hlas began to fluster the Jayettes with a tough float serve. Fulton called two timeouts to try and limit the damage, but the score moved to 15-5 before Perry could stop the surge. By then the damage was done and the guests eased to the 25-8 win.
“That was on the coaching, on me,” Fulton said of the run. “I could have gone to two or three different serve-receive (combinations) but I didn’t, so that is on me.”
Perry stayed within striking range for most of the final set, but ADM took advantage of a series of misplays and two failed serves to pull away for the 25-17 win.
“I thought our back line played pretty well, with Magley (Orellana) and Syd (Guerra) and others being pretty sharp,” Fulton said. “I also want to mention Gabby West, Mackenzie Ayers and Kacy Nevitt for their play in the middle. They did a good job in a tough situation and I thought they gave us some good chances with the middle block.”
Jo Diw had eight kills to lead Perry, with Isabel Saemisch adding two kills while Nevitt, West and Adriana Eastman each had one kill. Sid Vancil distributed 11 assists and Guerra one, with Guerra making eight digs and Diw, Vancil and Orellana three apiece.
Vancil served 9-of-9 with three aces, with Diw 8-of-9 with an ace. Guerra was 10-of-10 behind the service line, with Saemisch 4-of-5, Ayers 3-of-4, Eastman 3-of-5 and Nevitt 1-of-1.
Perry hosts an invitational today, with play beginning at 4:30 p.m. Carlisle, Coon Rapids-Bayard, DC-G, Earlham, Ogden and Panorama will all be in competition.