In a dog and cat fight usually it’s the dog that wins and that was no different at Swanton Saturday when the Bulldogs swept past the Maumee Panthers in consecutive sets 25-15, 25-11 and 25-22 to move to 2-0 on the season.
The Bulldogs jumped out to an 11-0 first set lead thanks to nine Maumee hitting and passing errors. They then coasted home thanks to a pair of kills from senior Julia Smith and another two, including the game winner, from Cydney Christensen.
It was second set in which the Bulldogs showed why the expectations are very high for them this season.
After Maumee took a 4-2 lead on a pair of points from Ashlee Arndt including a service ace, Swanton reeled off the next seven as Smith scored two aces, and Christensen nailed a quick set from Riley Gardner, then stuck a Maumee overpass for another point to put the Dogs up 9-4.
Sidney Taylor scored down the left sideline, Christensen stuffed a Maumee shot at the net, Smith did the same before sending a laser through the Maumee defense for a point and Jessica Dohm scored off a block attempt to make it 18-7.
Abby Arnold got one down off a Maumee block attempt, Taylor scored on a left to right two-hand crossing angle shot and Smith’s pair of kills cemented the second set.
“We were pretty consistent passing the ball and defensively I thought we were much better than we were Thursday night (in a four set win over Gibsonburg),” explained Swanton veteran coach Kyle Borer. “We got quality swings. When we did get blocked we were there covering, we were in good position low and ready for the ball like we’ve been working on.”
Again Swanton dropped behind by a 3-1 count early but Taylor and Christensen took care of that deficit, combining for six of the next Bulldog points to give Swanton a 9-6 lead.
Maumee battled back to 11-10 on Tatyana Jackson’s rip down the right sideline, but again a myriad of Panther errors along with Smith’s shot down the sideline and solo block led to eight straight Bulldog points to make it 19-10.
However, Maumee scored 10 of the next 14 as Jackson and freshman Brynn Brown did much of the damage, chopping a seemingly safe lead to 23-20.
That lead went down to 24-22 on a Jackson rifle shot from the right side before Smith slammed home the game winner from the middle.
“Thursday from today I was very pleased with our effort and I was pleased defensively again with what we did,” said Borer. “We played a much better and cleaner game today.”
After they host Fayette tonight, Swanton welcomes Delta Thursday and Edon on Saturday.