PITSBURG – Two of the top volleyball teams in the area squared off Tuesday night. In the end it was Miami East leaving town with a win in three straight sets to remain unblemished in the Cross County Conference.
It wasn’t the start Franklin Monroe hoped for, going down 7-1 and prompting coach Angie Filbrun to call a timeout to regroup. The Jets were never really able to climb out of the hole they dug and eventually dropped set one 25-10.
“I thought we were ready tonight … but we got down early and it looked like we were a little scared. You can’t get behind to a team like Miami East; they are an incredible team,” Filbrun said.
In the second set Miami East was up 6-2 when Kennedy Morris went down with an injury that stopped play for a while. She would be unable to return to the contest.
“It was tough when we lost Kennedy … but freshman Chloe McGlinch, our JV setter, came in and really did and incredible job,” Filbrun said.
Miami East extended its lead to 11-3, but the Jets rallied in set two, which turned out to be the most competitive of the three with East pulling away in the end 25-20.
Miami East is the defending state champion and showed why as the Vikings took care of business in the final set by the score of 25-16.
The Vikings’ Jonni Parker was on full display in this one as she dominated play with her powerful drives and ability to put the ball where she wanted. She will be taking her game to the next level next year on a full-ride scholarship to Penn State.
“They are a tough team to play, and they have a couple of really nice players,” Filbrun said. “I just wish we had come out ready to play.
“We don’t really have time to dwell on this one. I told the girls it’s on to the next game. They are an excellent team, but now we need to turn our focus on Thursday night and come out ready to play against Covington,” Filbrun concluded.
Covington along with Miami East are now tied atop the CCC with FM falling a game behind.
Franklin Monroe fell to 8-2 overall and 4-1 in the CCC and will look to remain in the hunt as the Jets travel to Covington on Thursday.