AIJAH THOROUGHGOOD digs deep to return a Campbell shot in action last Thursday. (Photo by Joshua Spaulding) (click for larger version)
September 23, 2021ALTON — The Prospect Mountain volleyball team had a tough task on Thursday, Sept. 16, as the Timber Wolves welcomed undefeated Campbell to town.
Prospect put up a nice fight out of the gate and again down the stretch, but the Cougars left town with their undefeated record still intact with the 3-0 win.
The Timber Wolves were playing without two starters and coach Karen Pearson was pleased with how players stepped up to fill in.
"Two of our JV players stepped in and picked it up and did a great job," said Pearson. "I liked the energy the team had, especially at the end of the last game.
"We've been working on trying to get them excited and having fun," she said. "We've been trying to find that fight in them."
The Prospect girls got out to a great start, getting a 10-7 lead, but the Cougars didn't let them pull away by much. Prospect led 12-8 and 13-9, but the visitors pulled even at 13 and then took the lead and didn't look back.
The Timber Wolves got within one at 18-17 but the visitors came right back and pushed the lead out to 21-18 and Campbell finished off the 25-19 win.
The two teams were even to start the second set, tied at one, two, four, five and seven before the visitors started to pull away. Shannon Kelley, one of the two players moved into a starting role, came through with a nice hit and Sophie Sarno added a service ace to keep the Timber Wolves in the match.
Campbell was able to open the lead up to 14-8 and then pushed it again to 18-9 before a great volley ended with a Sarno hit to get Prospect back on the board. Ella Misiaszek found a nice spot on the other side of the net and Kelley added another hit as Prospect tried to stay in it. Sarno and Jennica Robidoux added hits as Prospect tried to close the gap, trailing 23-15. However, the visitors got the final two points and got the 25-15 win.
Campbell got out to a 4-1 lead out of the gate in the third set but Prospect got a couple of nice hits from Sarno to keep them in the game. Campbell opened the lead to 11-3 but Prospect got solid play from Aijah Thoroughgood and Alexis Wilson, the other player moved into a starting role. Thoroughgood added a nice top at the net and Sarno added a hit.
An ace from Thoroughgood helped get the Timber Wolves within 15-12, but Campbell then ran off five points in a row to go up 20-12. Prospect wasn't done yet, as they Timber Wolves got a nice hit from Robidoux to keep them alive. Campbell got the lead to 24-16 before Robidoux made a nice return and then came through with a good service run as the Timber Wolves rallied. Robidoux and Sarno had nice returns to cut the lead to 24-23, but Campbell got the final point to seal the 3-0 win.
"Our numbers are low this year and two missing doesn't help," Pearson said, again praising Kelley and Wilson for stepping up into bigger roles. "We're a pretty young team, only one senior.
"And they (Campbell) have a decent program," she added. "They're an experienced team."
Prospect is slated to be in action on Friday, Sept. 24, at Plymouth at 5:45 p.m. and will be hosting Somersworth on Monday, Sept. 27, at 5:45 p.m.
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