OBSERVER Sports Reporter
SOUTH DAYTON - For the first time in more than a week, the Brocton Lady Bulldogs volleyball team took to the court following the tragic events which took place last week surrounding the death of fellow athlete Damon Janes.
Despite the lack of volleyball on their minds, the Brocton players gave the Pine Valley Lady Panthers everything they could handle Monday with a nail-biting five-game loss in non-league action.
OBSERVER?Photos by Lisa Monacelli
Brocton-Westfield’s Lindsay Harp puts up a block against Pine Valley during Monday’s non-league?girls high school volleyball match.
The scores were, 26-28, 25-14, 25-15, 20-25, 25-22
"This was the best game we've played as a team this year," Brocton coach Andy Deakin said. "It's the first time we've been out here since last week's tragedy and you could tell the girls came out and played with intensity. You could tell they played with emotion."
In the first game, the Lady Bulldogs found themselves down 24-17, before a nice run from the service line by Morgan Bennett got the visitors right back into the game with a 25-24 advantage.
"Morgan brought us back a couple times with her serving," Deakin said. "I was very impressed by the way she served all game long."
Bennett finished with 12 aces and 19 service points.
After exchanging points back and forth, Brocton finished off the first game by a score of 28-26.
In the second game, Pine Valley jumped out to a 6-1 lead and never looked back. The Lady Panthers went on to even things up at one game apiece with the 25-14 victory.
The third game was much of the same for the home team as Pine Valley capitalized on Brocton's mistakes to take a 2-1 lead with the 25-15 win.
"Our girls are better than how they played today," Pine Valley coach Justina Troutman said. "We were very hit or miss. We didn't play very well in the first game. In the second and third we played well."
In the fourth game, Brocton battled back once again.
The Lady Bulldogs fell behind early, but it was back and forth near the end, until Brocton pulled away for the 25-20 win.
"Brocton fought right with us the whole time," Troutman said. "Game four we were down again. We made a lot of mistakes. We weren't moving or talking like we should have been."
In the fifth and final game, it was Brocton which jumped out to the big lead. The Lady Bulldogs went up 7-1, before the Lady Panthers were able to find some footing.
Pine Valley eventually caught up to make it 14-all, which led to tight, well-played volleyball throughout the remainder of the game.
Pine Valley pulled away to take the 25-22 lead and secure the win with an outstanding performance from Kayla Mansfield, who had 15 kills and four aces.
Ahleen Pollock had 35 assists and 10 aces while Aaren Waterman had eight kills in the win for the Lady Panthers.
For Brocton, it was Lindsay Harp with nine kills and 14 blocks and Marissa Okerlund with six kills and six blocks who led the way. Carson Hauser also pitched in with 24 assists.
"Lindsay Harp had her hands on everything at the net," Deakin said. "And Marissa Okerlund, our other middle blocker, did a great job, too. They both played really well for us."
Brocton will have its hands full as it has four games each of the next two weeks.
Dunkirk 17 25 25 25 23
SCS 25 27 19 23 25
The Dunkirk Lady Marauders showed improvement Monday, but in the end, it was not enough as they fell to Sherman, 25-17, 27-25, 19-25, 23-25, 25-23, in non-league girls high school volleyball.
Alexis Clark was Dunkirk's top player with six aces, one assist, 19 kills, three blocks and two digs. Natasha Colon added one ace, 21 assists and two kills while Sarah Hanlon had 11 kills and four digs. Alyssa Galardo charted three aces, three kills and as many digs in a losing effort.
"We played really well," Dunkirk coach Kim Delgado said. "We were playing well in the last game, too. We were ahead most of the game and a couple little errors here and there, and next thing you know, they took the lead at the very end and pulled off the victory. We did better with serves today. We have been around 77 percent and today was 85 percent. We are still struggling with attack errors. We had more kills, but ended up with 27 attack errors. That's way too many. We are trying to bring that number down. We will continue to work on that."
The Lady Wildcats were led by Katrina Christmas' three aces, seven kills and four blocks. Cady Hannold added eight assists and two blocks while Bridget Yaw finished with two aces, three kills and two blocks for the winners.
Silver Creek 25 25 25
Cass.?Valley 15 14 14
SINCLAIRVILLE - Jordan Brooks recorded six kills and seven blocks as the Silver Creek Black Knights (5-3, 2-3) took down the Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars (1-3, 1-8), 25-15, 25-14, 25-14 Monday in CCAA West II girls high school volleyball.
Allie Harford contributed in the win with six kills and nine aces while Cora Utegg finished with 11 kills and four digs for the winners.
The Lady Cougars were led by Heather Dorler's two kills and an ace. Kodie Hoyt had two kills and Hope Zielinski added three blocks, one dig and an ace in a losing effort.
Cassadaga Valley won the jayvee match.