The Eagles looked for weak spots on the Comets side of the net all night Thursday and found very few.
After a short warmup with Ashley Makruski, Alana Carrion, and Symone Williams setting the pace with kills at the net in the first set, sophomore Sarah Weigand caught fire. She had five blocks — one for a point — and two kills.
Makruski closed out the game with two more kills while Tory Small tagged a pair of block points for a 25-7 win.
“Sarah Weigand played incredibly. Just incredible. One of her best matches of the year,” said coach Laurie Cogan. “Tuesday was her 2015 coming out party and she was very solid on Tuesday. I think that confidence carried into tonight’s match… She executed but she also played smart volleyball.”
Madison Cruzado had a pair of aces. London Voss and Sarah Urbanik each served for one.
Makruski again led in scoring out of the gate in set two. She chalked up four kills before Wiegand, Small, and Williams gained their own. Breaking out with four kills was junior Alana Carrion.
“She’s a young lady that has the ability but she’s new, like a lot of these kids, to the varsity. When she plays well we get an incredible performance,” Cogan said.
“It’s baby steps. I’m nurturing them along and they’re starting to get it. I think as we continue the season the whole thing will continue to gain momentum.”
Makruski ended game two with five kills and Madison Cruzado added a third ace as London Voss served for two more to bring her total to three. For good measure, Shannon Minney had an ace in the 25-10 victory.
The final 25-13 set started with a kill by another sophomore, Payton Jackson, who finished the game leading her team with four kills.
Ever-consistent Makruski hit for three kills. Also scoring were Carrion and Gracen Siegenthaler, twice.
“I put her in a little bit on Tuesday against Avon Lake,” said Cogan of Jackson. “Tonight she was incredible. Her arm swing is getting better and better.”
Cruzado served two more aces, making a total of five for the match. Carrion aced twice more and Makruski chipped another.
Another notable feature of Thursday’s win was the Comets defense led by Cruzado. The Eagles aimed their serves everywhere on the court but at her and were met with a nearly impregnable defense everywhere.
Though Makruski finished the match with only 11 kills, that single statistic does not indicate the superb game she played. Makruski made digs, set the ball, and completed tactical passes all evening to assist the team in its win over North Olmsted.
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Photos by Carl Sullenberger | Amherst News-Times Sarah Wiegand goes for one of her three kills against the Eagles on Thursday in Amherst’s 3-0 win over North Olmsted. Wiegand also had four blocks and a block point.