Keota uses momentum of 25-21 first set win to post sweep
NORTH ENGLISH — The Keota volleyball team put on a serving clinic Monday, against English Valleys.
The team hit 69-of-74 successful serves with two players having perfect nights in a 3-0 win. The team amassed 18 aces.
“We put a lot of pressure on them trying to return our serves,” said head coach Dan Stout. “That took them out of any offensive set they wanted to run.”
Junior Maggie Baker hit 10-of-10, while junior Brooke Sieren had the top mark of the day with an 18-18 serving clip along with five aces.
Sophomore Abby Schulte had a team-high six aces.
“Our serving was real good,” Stout said. “Schulte was our first server of the night. We are real pleased with the way she played.”
Keota took the first game 25-21, the second game 25-11 and third game 25-13.
“When you are playing a best-of-three out of five, it is nice to get the first win so you can relax a little bit,” Stout said.
The first game wasn’t the sharpest of games, but Keota took control in the next two sets.
“I challenged the girls; English Valleys were doing things I didn’t think they should,” Stout said.
Senior Kelsi Sieren led her team in kills with 13 on 26 attack attempts. She had four hitting errors.
“She is one of our go-to hitters,” Stout said. “When she is in the front row we are going to have a lot of balls for her to hit. She does a nice job of finding the spots that are open on the floor.”
Junior Madison Sheetz had eight kills with seven errors. She had a team-high 35 attack attempts.
Baker was the lone Keota player with zero errors and had six kills.
Sophomore Abby Schulte had a team-best 24 assists. No other player on the team recorded an assist.
“We only have a one-setter offense, so she is going to get most of those,” Stout said. “She is really starting to play a lot better and with more confidence. As a sophomore she wasn’t real aggressive at the beginning of the season. She is getting more comfortable with the girls.”
Junior Callie Greiner had 12 digs. Four players had at least seven.
“A lot of those were with girls not hitting real aggressive at it,” Stout said. “They were tips and pushes. Things like that. We were able to get to those things defensively. They get after it on defense; they don’t like to see the ball hit the ground.”