St. Clair’s Lady Bulldogs took two games to three sets against Four Rivers Conference opponents this week.
St. Clair (11-5-2, 2-2) split two conference games, winning on the road at Owensville (12-8, 2-2) Thursday, 24-26, 25-21, 30-28, but losing at home Tuesday against Sullivan (12-8-2, 3-0), 25-13, 23-25, 25-19.
Twice the contest with the Dutchgirls went into extra points with Owensville escaping with the win in the first set, but St. Clair digging deep to even the score and run all the way up to 30 points for the win in the deciding match.
“We did some great things last night with one of them being communication,” St. Clair Head Coach Kandice McCuskey said. “My girls actually played together as a team and it was great to see. The first set we had the lead 24-22 and couldn’t close the gap, letting them beat us 26-24. That was kind of upsetting, but I am proud of my girls for coming back out in the second set and getting things done. We put up a big block and our back row did a great job of playing defense, to be able to run our offense. The second set, the score went back and forth for awhile and then Makayla Johnson put the game away with three great serves. Third set, Owensville got a little lead on us, but we didn’t worry about that and just controlled the ball on our side of the court. On to the next play is what we are trying to get through to our girls, because if we sit back and dwell on what just happened the same mistakes will continue. Last night our girls showed us that they will play hard until the end. We are very proud of their performance last night.”
Alohilani Bursey controlled the middle of the net with 12 solo blocks and nine kills on the night.
“Alohilani is doing a great job on the front row for us, with being aggressive and putting up a big block,” McCuskey said.
Gracie Sohn added eight kills and made seven solo blocks.
Hannah Machelett notched five kills.
Johnson finished with four kills and one block. She also served an ace.
Allie Medows and Myah Dierker each recorded three kills.
Setters Emma Hinson and Kaylee Rampani both got into double digits in assists. Hinson made 14 assists while Rampani made 10 and also served an ace.
The Lady Eagles totaled 27 kills with seven blocks and six aces on the night.
“We came out very slow and couldn’t pass a ball to the setter,” McCuskey said. “We struggled with serve receive and our defense. When you don’t pass it’s very hard to run our offense. Communication is what we lack on the court and we discuss this every day about communicating with one another is going to help out so much. We have to be more aggressive at the net when we are set as well. Sullivan did a great job getting the ball to the setter and being able to hit the ball. They have some very strong hitters.”
Bursey racked up seven solo blocks for the Lady Bulldogs and made six kills.
Medows knocked down five kills.
Johnson recorded three kills and served two aces.
Sohn made two kills and one solo block.
Dierker added two kills.
Machelett served an ace.
Hinson recorded seven assists.
Rampani notched two assists.