Swanton volleyball remained undefeated in the NWOAL and overall Tuesday night as they took a three-set victory at home over Evergreen 25-13, 25-18, 25-23.
“We came out a little slow in all three sets actually,” explained Bulldog coach Kyle Borer. “Thankfully in the middle of the first two we could stretch the score out a little by five or seven points in the middle of those sets. I knew Evergreen was going to be tough and play hard and scrap and they swung pretty well tonight.”
Swanton broke away from a 4-4 first-set tie, using five kills and an ace from Julia Smith, five more kills from Cydney Christensen and four by Sidney Taylor to break away to a 25-13 win. In the second set, Evergreen hung around at 7-7 as Bailie Sutter’s block and tip countered Abby Arnold’s block and right-side kill.
Two Smith kills, a tip from Arnold and a kill by Ashlynn Waddell boosted Swanton to a 11-7 lead but Evergreen battled back.
McKenna Babcock scored from the middle, Sutter got one off a block, and Jamie VanLoocke hit a trio of kills to get the Vikes within 14-13.
The Bulldogs answered right back with seven straight including one each from Smith, Christensen and Taylor to extend what was once a one point lead to 21-13 and coasted in from there despite four straight Viking points from Kori Kreuz.
In the third set Evergreen went up a pair at 7-5 behind Sutter’s block and tip, a kill from Kreuz and a pair of VanLoocke points.
Again Swanton reclaimed a lead, 11-9, on Arnold’s tip, a push by Taylor along with a left-side kill and Riley Gardner’s right-side hit.
But this time Evergreen didn’t go away as VanLoocke scored off a blocker, a kill on the back line and another off a block attempt to give the Vikes a 14-12 lead.
That lead expanded to 17-13 on Sutter’s tip, but the Bulldogs fought back to 18 all on Christensen’s ace.
An ace from Kreuz after Kelsie Komisarek’s tip gave Evergreen a 21-18 advantage, but Taylor led the charge back with a dunk off an overpass, another push and a push that was muffed by the Viking back row to give Swanton a 24-22 lead.
Babcock’s scorcher from the middle gave the Vikings a glimmer but Smith’s block put a lid on the match.
“We have become more diverse in the last maybe four matches,” said Borer. “Yeah we have the big three but we are trying to get four, five, six hitters to produce. Again, maybe the last four or five matches we have been getting them all more swings.”
The loss was the sixth straight for Evergreen after opening with three wins.
Swanton (9-0, 3-0 NWOAL) has two more home games coming up as they welcome Start Thursday and Ottawa Hills on Saturday. Evergreen (3-6, 0-3) is at Edgerton Thursday and Otsego on Saturday.