GREENVILLE – The Arcanum volleyball team swept Greenville 25-10, 25-13, 25-17 in a matchup of two Darke County volleyball programs.
“Just played fundamentally sound,” Arcanum coach Terri Day said about her team’s performance. “You know when you get the passes up you can run about anything. And hitters were on, setters were on. It’s nice when everybody’s on at the same time.”
After Greenville scored the opening point of the match, Arcanum scored the next five and led for the rest of the first set en route to the 15-point victory.
“That seems to be a trend with us,” Greenville coach Lori Davis said about her team’s slow start. “When I say we’re a slow-start team, they are trying to build their confidence. The more gameplay they get, the more confidence they get and the more assured they are in the way they approach the ball. So that’s I want to say a young team, but we’ve got a team that needs to build a lot of confidence.”
Greenville showed signs of improvement in the second set as the Lady Wave led early. Greenville led by as many as three points at 6-3 and led as late as 8-7 before Arcanum took control and scored 17 of the final 22 points to win by 12 and go up two sets to none.
Arcanum never trailed in the third set, but Greenville didn’t go away easily. After Arcanum led by as many as eight points at 14-6, the Lady Wave fought back and outscored the Trojans 9-3 to cut the deficit to 17-15. But that was as close as Greenville would get as Arcanum won the set and swept the match.
“It was nice that they came out strong from the start tonight,” Day said. “Sometimes we get a slow start, but tonight they were on from the start.”
Shai Robinson led Arcanum with 11 kills on Tuesday while Rebecca Deao added five. Emily Miller had nine digs and nine serve-receives while Elle Siculan had nine assists. Day also credited Annie Ketring and Lucy Shannon with strong serving.
Davis also was impressed with Arcanum’s serving but was glad to see her team handle it fairly well.
“I was very proud of my girls tonight because serve-receive has been one that we’ve work on and worked on and worked on,” Davis said. “And our girls’ serve-receive was much better tonight. So we’re happy about that.”
With Greenville having a young team and so many girls just getting acclimated to varsity volleyball, it’s been a learning process for the Wave.
“Our girls are working really hard to get a lot of the basics down,” Davis said. “They have plays that they want to run. And when we’re out of system it just kind of knocks them for a loop for about three or four points, and then we get back in it. We’re working real hard on getting back to the basics.”
Davis was happy with the performance of Cassie Cromwell and some of her young players.
“Cassie’s defense in the back was amazing,” Davis said. “But I had a couple young kiddos from JV step up to help us on defense. And I’m going to tell you, tonight they did a great job stepping in on a court where they haven’t had a lot of play time but they come in and they do their job.”
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