Douglas volleyball pounds Colts |

Douglas volleyball pounds Colts

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas volleyball team needed less than one hour to sweep Wooster in three games Thursday in the DHS gym.

And, if not for a slow start, the Tigers could have ended the match in less time than they spent warming up for it.

The Wooster varsity arrived just a few minutes before the start of the match. The Colts were forced to get ready quickly, while the Tigers had a prolonged preparation period.

“I think Wooster came out more intense than we did at the beginning of the match,” said Douglas coach Dave Myers, who added that the Colts’ quick, but intense, warmup gave Wooster the chance to play with the Tigers in the first game. “We might have warmed up too much.”

Obviously, though, the results were anything but disastrous in the 15-9, 15-7, 15-8 win. And one of the main reasons was the Tigers’ ability to side-out. Wooster managed to score two points in a row only one time each in the first two games. A four-point run in the third game was the Colts’ longest of the match, but the Tigers responded with three straight points and then cruised to the victory.

Myers was especially pleased that the Tigers were able to take the ball out of the hands of the Wooster servers.

“(The side-out) is a very important aspect of the game and we did a good job at it,” he said.

After a 23-minute first game, the Tigers used strong serving and great defense to dispatch the Colts in 16 minutes in game two.

“I thought we started out slow, but we really brought it up towards the end,” Douglas senior Jessica Granat said. “We did really well with our passing tonight.”

Natalie Stratton jump-started the Tigers charge to victory by serving the final six points of the first game. Kills by Michelle Roza and Granat punctuated the run, which included four serve-receive errors that resulted from the Colts’ inability to deal with Stratton’s placement of the short serve.

Jamie McCreary served for six points in the second game with help at the net from JK Koenig, Granat and Stratton.

Amber Valentine induced four consecutive errors with deep serves to end the second game.

Andrea Honer, Katie Calzada, Jencie LeJeune and Darshaya Mustacchio all played well in the third game to close out the match.