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Net girls pick up three more victories

XYELLE LEWIS leaps to put down a big kill during action against Newfound on Sept. 22. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
September 27, 2010
ALTON — The Prospect Mountain volleyball team has been relatively inconsistent in its matches this season, but the Timber Wolves have been more than consistent when it comes to the final results.

Eight games into the season, the Prospect girls have won seven and lost only one, but they have certainly made things interesting on every occasion.

The Timber Wolves finished up last week with a 3-0 win over Pittsfield and also picked up 3-1 wins over Newfound and Nute.

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, coach Karen Pearson's girls hosted Newfound and picked up a 3-1 win over the Bears won the first game.

Newfound jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but a big hit from Sydney Robertson helped bring the Timber Wolves back and they pulled even at four. A nice hit from Stephanie Burke and an ace from Robertson pulled the Timber Wolves ahead by two, but Newfound came back and evened the score. Burke then picked up another point at the net for a 7-6 lead. However, the Timber Wolves couldn't hold on to the lead and Newfound pulled ahead by one at 9-8.

A nice hit by Emily Barrett made it 9-9, but after a great volley, Newfound picked up a big point and stretched their lead to 12-9. The lead went to 14-10, but two nice plays at the net by Robertson made it 14-12 in favor of Newfound.

Robertson helped keep Prospect in it with another strong play at the net and an ace at the service line and a Danielle Beckett ace pulled Prospect even at 17. Newfound went ahead again, but nice plays from Burke and Barrett helped bring the Timber Wolves back to tie the game at 19.

The two teams battled back and forth, with Robertson and Jess Bibbo making nice plays at the net, but the Bears got the final point and secured a 25-23 win in game one.

Prospect game back and behind strong play from Burke and Barrett at the net took a 5-3 lead in game two. Newfound rallied to pull ahead by an 8-5 score, but an ace from Burke and big kill from Barrett helped the Timber Wolves draw even at nine.

A couple of aces for Barrett and strong play from Bryana DeCoff and Bibbo helped the Timber Wolves stretch the lead to 15-9 and a block from Robertson and more good play from DeCoff helped push the lead to 18-10. A Bibbo ace made it 20-10, but Newfound rallied, cutting the lead to 21-15. However, a big kill by Roberston helped to put the Bears away and the Timber Wolves were able to come away with the 25-21 win.

It was another back and forth battle in game three, as the Timber Wolves jumped out to an early 10-3 lead behind good play from Robertson, Burke, Barrett and Beckett, as well as a couple of aces from Roberston and another from Beckett.

Newfound closed the gap to 10-8, but Barrett and Xyelle Lewis put home nice hits and Barrett had an ace to help pull the Timber Wolves ahead by a 15-10 score. Lewis, Robertson and Burke all helped keep the Timber Wolves afloat as the Bears rallied and tied the game at 16. Barrett had a nice tip and Beckett had an ace to put the Timber Wolves up by five and Barrett put home a big kill for the 25-18 win.

The fourth game was again back and forth, with the Timber Wolves again getting an early lead behind a Robertson block, a Burke block and a couple of good tips from Beckett to take the 7-3 lead. Barrett and Burke kept the Timber Wolves moving forward as the Bears rallied a bit and eventually pulled even at 14. The visitors took the lead, but Burke and Barrett helped the Timber Wolves stay close and an ace from Beckett allowed them to hang around.

Barrett put away a couple of big plays to pull the Timber Wolves back to the lead and Robertson closed out the 25-22 win with a big kill for a 3-1 victory.

"We start out very slow and for some reason all of the games we're flat," Pearson said. "But this game, they picked it up at the end and I like to see that."

She noted that the Timber Wolves have continually shown that they come back after dropping early decisions.

"We've been down a lot of games and come back, but I've told the girls we don't want to do that," Pearson said. "We have to come out and take control, at the beginning."

The Timber Wolves picked up a 3-1 win over Nute on Monday, Sept. 20.

The Timber Wolves won the first game and dropped the second game before rallying for a 3-1 win.

"We never picked it up, in all four games we were flat," Pearson said. "We got lucky and eeked out a win."

The Timber Wolves will be back in action on Monday, Oct. 4, when they host Inter-Lakes at 6 p.m. The girls head to Portsmouth Christian for a 6 p.m. game on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Martin Lord Osman
Brewster Academy
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