The Swanton volleyball team did not have much trouble with Ottawa Hills Saturday morning, sweeping the Green Bears 25-16, 25-11, 25-20.
A 6-0 run in the middle of game one allowed the Bulldogs to take control. Katlyn Floyd’s trio of aces plus a kill from the right side, along with Trista Eitniear’s shot down the middle and Morgan Pettit’s push shot put them up 21-12.
Swanton went on to win by a nine-point margin, 25-16.
The Dogs really got going with their serve in the second set as multiple players recorded aces.
“Especially that second set where Bailey DeKoeyer got going,” said head coach Kyle Borer of his team’s strong serving. “She’s one that obviously has got a strong serve for us. We get rolling on that and keep them out of system — which is to our benefit. Recently, we even served well the other night (a loss to Wauseon Sept. 28), but it’s the other parts of our game that we’re really trying to focus on. The thing with our serving is, trying to put pressure on them defensively. And then keep them out of system, and just keep their hitters from being aggressive as much as possible.”
Swanton outscored Ottawa Hills 14-4 down the stretch of game two, rolling to a 25-11 victory and 2-0 edge in the match.
“I got Olivia Gowing in there just to get some reps in and see. Because down the road if we need somebody to step in, go in for a rotation or what not. So she went in there and played pretty solid that second set, so I was excited about that. But yeah, we clicked on all cylinders,” Borer said of the second set.
The Bears played with a purpose in set three.
The two squads remained tied at 20-20 following Addison Thom’s ace and Eitniear’s running spike for Swanton. Then, the Dogs gained the edge on a block by Maddie Smith plus Eitniear’s shot through a Green Bear block attempt.
They closed it out thanks to a Morgan Smith ace, Maddie Smith’s tip at the net, and an Eitniear shot down the middle.
“First two sets I thought everything was kind of in front of us defensively. Soft stuff that we weren’t moving to. That’s what we talked about in timeouts. ‘Get going, get off your heels and go get the ball.’ Stop reaching, and those sorts of things. Because that’s where we need to be at our best for upcoming matches — especially Tuesday (against Archbold),” explained Borer.
Swanton resumes NWOAL play Tuesday when the Dogs welcome Archbold. They then travel to Edgerton Thursday prior to hosting Cardinal Stritch on Saturday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.