Netters’ battle Rockets, fall in three grueling sets
A win and a loss were added to the Metamora varsity volleyball record.
Against Canton, Metamora earned the win, but came up short in an away match at Limestone.
The Lady Redbirds were able to earn their third consecutive M-I match win with a two-set victory over visiting Canton Sept. 16, 25-19, 25-12.
The Metamora defense held the Little Giants to just six kills from two players and zero blocks.
Leading Metamora in kills was Rachel Klein with nine. Chloe Harman gathered seven assists with Quinn Mathews on defense for five digs.
Leah TerBush totaled three aces to lead the Lady Redbirds.
The winning streak for M-I play was halted after a three-set loss at Limestone Thursday, 25-23, 23-25, 23-25.
“They had some communication breakdown and our passing kind of let up for a while, but (Limestone was) out-scraping us,” coach Tara Ballard said.
“You’ve got to come out to get every single point.”
Harman opened the first set serving and Metamora was able to get a 4-1 lead. After being tied at 4-4, a kill from Gillian Urycki game the Lady Redbirds the set-long lead, but the Rockets were not far behind.
A dink by TerBush put Metamora ahead 23-18 for the set-high point and for the set-point, Limestone hit
out only after Urycki’s three kill attempts were returned.
In the second set, Limestone quickly gained a 9-0 lead after Metamora errors, two Limestone aces and two kills. TerBush’s kill halted the run and Metamora was able to edge its way back in.
Elysa Smith had back-to-back kills to lessen the gap to make it 16-9. The Limestone lead was brought within four after a Metamora block at 20-16.
“Every once in a while we would start scrapping, but we just can’t seem to put it together the whole time. We have to be able to finish,” Ballard said.
The score was tied nine times in the third set. Shannon Kempf put one over on Limestone’s court for the last tie at 20-20.
The Rockets were at 24-20 before another Urycki kill put the serve back in Metamora’s hands.
Urycki had her second and last ace of the night and a Limestone kill attempt went out to make it a one point game, 24-23. The Rockets pulled together and landed a kill on the Lady Redbird’s back court for the win.
Urycki led with eight kills, Mathews finished with 13 digs and Harman had 16 assists to finish the match.
“We’re still in it, but we have to get them the next time around,” Ballard said.