After the first set, it was all Washington.
Lady Jays volleyball (4-2-1, 2-0) recorded its second Gateway Athletic Conference Central win of the week Thursday, defeating Ft. Zumwalt South (2-1, 0-1) at home, 17-25, 25-7, 25-5.
Despite dropping the first set, the Lady Jays dominated each of the next two rounds and opened up the deciding set on a 14-1 run.
“The girls had a bit of the first-home-game jitters as they came out in the first set, making many service, hitting and receiving errors (and) losing 17-25,” Washington Head Coach Susan Harms said. “The second and third game, the Blue Jays kept Zumwalt South from getting into any type of offense. We served the ball much better. Brooke Voss served eight straight points to finish out the 2nd game with a score of 25-7 and then Josie Kleekamp served 13 straight points to start the third game, winning 25-5, that is a 21-0 run on a good team.”
Junior Kassidy Phillps led the team in kills with 12 and blocks with four.
“Kassidy Phillips had a strong blocking and hitting game,” Harms said. “We took the free balls they gave us and transitioned them into great attacks. It was fun to watch our girls execute the pass, set, (and) attack.”
Kleekamp recorded eight kills.
Taylor Bauer and Lacey Jaycox made four kills each.
Josie Kleinheider and Abby Redd both made three kills.
Bauer and Redd both blocked two. Jaycox, Kleinheider and Halaina O’Bryant blocked one apiece.
Emma Zanin and Jackie Oettered led in assists with 13 each.
Phillips made two assists. Kate Freitag and Kleekamp both made one assist.
Voss and Oetterer each served two aces. Kleekamp and Redd both added an ace.
Freitag led the Lady Jays’ statsheet in digs with 30. Kleekamp made 24 digs.
Others credited with digs included Phillips with 13, Zanin with six, Oetterer with five, Cierstyn Jacquin with two, Voss with two, Redd with two and Bauer with one.