It wasn’t pretty, but thanks to a strong first set performance from Ashlynn Waddell, Swanton took a close first game, then pounded Delta in straight sets, 25-23, 25-11, 25-15 in an NWOAL volleyball tilt at Delta Tuesday.
“She swung really well the first set,” Bulldog coach Kyle Borer said. “She was very aggressive and she found a spot down the line that was successful for her. It was nice to see her not only in the first set but the whole match hit the ball out in front of her and hit it with authority.”
After the two teams traded mostly mistakes into a 5-5 tie, Waddell’s screamer down the line around a Delta serving error and an attack error forged an 8-5 lead.
However, the Panthers scored the next seven.
Reagan Rouleau’s dump at the net, a Brooklyn Wymer ace and Alyesa Brown’s kill keyed the run that put Delta up 12-8.
Waddell asserted herself again with a trio of shots from the left side to help get the Dogs within 14-13.
Wymer’s left-side kill got Delta back up 20-16, but again it was Waddell once, twice, three times again from the left, the last knotting the score at 22-22.
Trista Eitniear’s kills around a Swanton error gave the Bulldogs a 24-23 lead and Kylie Ulch’s ace finished the set.
The second set was all Bulldogs as Alexis Sarvo and Waddell shared four kills to boost the Bulldogs up 5-0.
Sammi Taylor’s ace and Jessica Dohm’s punch into no-man’s land made it 11-5.
Sophie Taylor’s kill and another from Eitniear and Waddell bumped the score to 17-8.
Katlyn Floyd and Sarvo nailed three more to end the second.
Swanton never trailed again in the third set as Ulch’s ace began the set and Sarvo’s pair of kills made it 5-2.
Eitniear’s four kills highlighted the Swanton attack while Dohm added three more in the 25-15 romp.
“Last week we had some illness in the team, girls missing practices, so we haven’t been the healthiest,” explained Borer. “It was nice to get back into the flow. In the first set we had a different rotation going on but we came through and got the win in that set and then got done what we needed to tonight. As far as coming back and playing strong the last two sets with our usual rotation.”
The Bulldogs move to 3-2 in the NWOAL. Delta is 0-5 in the league.
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