Coming off a 3-0 defeat to Olmsted Falls, the Lady Comets gave light to their spirit and unity as a team with a great performance Thursday against Avon Lake.
“The kids played well tonight… I thought we had some sophomores who are continuing to improve and we had some fantastic performances. We tried a little different lineup in set three and I thought the kids did a great job with that lineup,” said coach Laurie Cogan. “I was pleased with everyone’s performance tonight. There wasn’t anyone who didn’t meet my expectations.”
The first set was a rough one for the Shoregals as they committed some unusual errors and had trouble with Amherst’s defense at the net.
In spite of four kills by Alex York and three by Emily Schillinger, they quickly fell behind.
At the net, Alana Carrion stood out with two block points. She added a kill as Ashley Makruski beat on Avon Lake’s defense for four kills and block point of her own in the 25-12 game.
Sophomore Sarah Wiegand had two kills and Tory Small one.
Set two brought the Comets offense into full view as Makruski hit for four more kills. Hitting from the left side, Wiegand hit for four kills as well.
“She is starting to pick up the pace a little bit,” Cogan said of Wiegand. “She works hard in practice. It’s not a fluke she’s where she is. Her hard work is starting to pay-off.”
Also scoring were Carrion and Small for two kills each with points on block by Makruski and Carrion for a 25-18 ending to game two, where the Shoregals’ Schillinger hit for five kills and Sarah Hassel for four.
The outcome of game three was never really in doubt as Amherst kept a small early lead before stretching it to 19-14.
The Shoregals rallied but couldn’t break the five-point barrier. Makruski hammered home eight kills and two block points as she excited the rest of the team to greater effort.
“She played with a lot on emotion in the third set. She is an emotional player, so when she’s uplifting, everybody follows. It’s kind of a no-brainer: Where she goes, we go,” said Cogan.
Sarah Farley and Carrion scored as did London Voss with a block. Countering for Avon Lake were Emma Coughlin and Sarah Scott with three kills each and two more for Schillinger.
Once again the Comets did an excellent job with serve-receive.
“That was one thing the other night we did not do well — putting the ball into the system. We did not get the swings out of the serve-receive,” said Cogan. “Tonight, London had an easier ball to set. She did a great job with her ball and it showed offensively.”
The 3-0 sweep puts the Lady Comets at 12-4 and 11-2 in the Southwestern Conference.
Photos by Carl Sullenberger | Amherst News-Times Sophomore Sarah Wiegand hits for one of her seven kills Thursday against the Shoregals. Complementing the 17 kills by Ashley Makruski, Wiegand played a big role in the 3-0 win over Avon Lake.