Miners win volleyball showdown
October 8, 2014
Bishop Manogue is still the team to beat on the Sierra League volleyball scene.
Manogue (9-0 league, 20-5 overall) maintained its hold on first-place in the Sierra League volleyball race Tuesday night with a 3-0 win against Douglas before a loud hometown crowd that viewed the match at Randy Green Court. The Miners won by game scores of 25-16, 25-21, 25-19.
For Douglas (7-2 league, 13-5 overall), the match represented another step in a learning process to move a young team toward the top.
"Jason (Sterrett) always says he has a young team, but we're younger," Douglas coach Suzi Townsell said, flashing a wide smile. "We only have three varsity players back from last year. The rest are all up from the JV team, so we're working to gain the experience of playing against very good teams, and they are a very good team."
All of Manogue's losses this season have come against out-of-state opponents, including a tournament setback against an Assumption (Louisville, Ky.) team that is ranked No. 2 in the nation by the Maxpreps.com website.
"We played a really good team tonight," Sterrett said. "Douglas is one of the best teams we've played all year. Fortunately we got on a few serving runs and we came out on top."
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The Miners took charge of the match by rallying to win a second set that saw the score tied on 10 occasions and four lead changes.
Ariah Barth put down three straight kills to give Douglas a 14-11 lead. After Sterrett called for a timeout, the Tigers extended their lead to 15-11 before Manogue rallied back. Mikaeka DeRicco fed a back set on the right side to 6-foot junior Katelyn Oppio, who slammed down a kill that brought the Miners back to tie the score at 15-all.
The Tigers' Isabelle Peterson and Sophie Byrne combined to put down a block to tie the score at 21-all, however, four errors and an Oppio kill enabled Manogue to score four straight points and close out the set.
"They didn't stop our middles. We just didn't get enough passes, especially in the first game.
"If we clean up our errors, it's going to be a totally different match," she added. "It's a total learning process. That's why it's good we're facing all these challenges. It's going to set us up for the end of the season when we get to tournament time."
Manogue swept past Douglas (11-7), 25-21, 25-13, 15-5.
Brynn Rothfusz had 12 digs, 4 kills and 1 ace for the Tigers. Ashley Campagna added 5 kills and six digs while Desi Lehrke, Natasha Culpepper and Allison Dodd each contributed 4 kills.