Demons falter at Fort Madison
If the Washington volleyball team can forget its last game, it has a chance to advance past the first round of the playoffs.
Fort Madison — Washington’s next opponent — won 3-0 against the Demons Friday with scores of 25-13, 25-16 and 25-15.
“It’s mostly things we did on our end,” said head coach Julianna Berg. “We had too many hitting errors. That really just contributed to a lot of it. Before the game we set out a few goals. One of them was to minimize our hitting and serving errors.”
Washington had more hitting errors with 14 than kills at 10.
Washington did minimize serving errors with three going 55-for-58. The team had six aces.
“Serving was pretty good,” Berg said. “I think it could have been tougher, the ones we did get in.Harder and a little bit better at serving to specific spots and being aware of who is passing. A lot of court awareness. We served to the libero a little bit more than we should have.”
Washington fell behind early in every game and couldn’t find a way to respond.
“Fort Madison is a good team,” Berg said. “They have a couple pretty good hitters. We were surprised by some things. I don’t think Fort Madison had any players that we didn’t know about. For some reason we were a second late and a step behind.”
Junior Lauren Swan had 14 digs, sophomore Emma Stout had three assists and senior Sam Mullens had four assists.
Berg was pleased with the trip to Fort Madison ahead of the postseason battle.
“Definitely, it was a good experience to go down there and play knowing we will be going to their home court again,” Berg said. “Kind of getting a feel for the atmosphere and gym and what the court is like.”
Fort Madison will have to beat Washington for a third time to advance out of the first round.
Washington had an off night, but now the game that really matters is Monday, at Fort Madison at 7 p.m.
“We will go in with a chip on our shoulder, knowing we could have done so much better (Tuesday),” Berg said. “Hopefully we come out sharper and play cleaner.