Swanton did not encounter much trouble Saturday versus visiting Cardinal Stritch, rolling to a 25-18, 25-12, 25-14 sweep in non-league volleyball on a day in which they honored their six seniors.
“Three three-year lettermen on (our roster). Two of them that have been two-year lettermen,” said coach Kyle Borer of his seniors. “The last three years they’ve been part of a league championship (in 2017). And the experience they had the last two years to help us move on from that year. This year, that was our goal to try to get up there and win another league championship. We came a little short from that perspective. But we’re gonna do what we can with those girls leading us into the tournament and see what kind of run we can make.”
It was especially important to honor twin sisters Olivia Bergman and Alexis Bergman – both who have been injured – at the beginning of the match. Olivia played a little, even recording an ace in the first game, while Alexis started on the court before being subbed out to cheers from the home crowd at the beginning of the match.
“Olivia (Bergman) hasn’t played all year and then Alexis’ injury early in the year. So I wanted to at least get them on the court and get them recognized. We got to have Olivia play a few plays there so that was pretty awesome,” said Borer.
The Bulldogs led by a single point in the early portion of game one, then ripped off six straight points to open up their lead.
Alexis Sarvo scored a point from the middle, Jessica Dohm hit one off her back foot that found the floor on Cardinal Stritch’s side, Dohm then scored twice more around a pair of Cardinal errors for a 14-7 Swanton lead. The Cardinals could not get closer than five points the rest of the way.
“Once we got into our regular offense, we were aggressive at the net,” said Borer on the first set. “They (Cardinal Stritch) didn’t keep up with us in the middle there. So we took advantage of that opportunity. Alexis (Sarvo) did what she’s been doing all year. Was pretty successful most of that first set.”
Dohm also added eight kills for the Dogs.
The Cardinals led early in game two before squandering it, then cut the Bulldog lead to 12-9 with the help of Hope Yost’s two-handed push and three straight aces from Sydney Payeff. Swanton proceeded to score 11 of the next 12 to take a 23-10 lead.
A pair of Bulldog errors followed, but an Ashlynn Waddell shot from the left side and a Cardinal hitting error ended it.
In game three Swanton took a 3-0 lead with a kill from Dohm plus two by Sarvo. The latter was Sarvo’s 300th of the season.
“Her career’s been kind of crazy. She started off sophomore year was on varsity as a libero. Never saw the front row. She grew a few inches, then last year she transitioned to a middle (hitter) and setter. Was a solid hitter for us, but this year it’s leaps and bounds improvement from what she was last year,” said Borer of Sarvo.
The Dogs would go on a spurt to put the third game out of reach. They scored seven in a row on two kills from Waddell, an ace from Katlyn Floyd, Trista Eitniear’s block, and three Cardinal Stritch errors for a 16-5 advantage.
Swanton added wins over North Central and Edgerton earlier in the week. They topped North Central in five sets Monday, Sept. 30, then won at Edgerton in three sets on Thursday.
Swanton (14-5, 4-2 NWOAL) travels to Wauseon Tuesday and Northwood on Wednesday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010