Swanton volleyball sweeps Stryker


By Joe Blystone - For the Enterprise



Sammi Taylor of Swanton with a bump during Tuesday’s home match with Stryker. The Bulldogs took down the Panthers in three sets.

Sammi Taylor of Swanton with a bump during Tuesday’s home match with Stryker. The Bulldogs took down the Panthers in three sets.


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Ashlynn Waddell of Swanton fires a kill from the right side Tuesday against Stryker. She finished with a team-high 11 kills.


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Alexis Bergman serves one up for Swanton.


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Alexis Sarvo of Swanton (2) prepares to hit during Tuesday’s match against Stryker. She posted eight kills for the Bulldogs.


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Swanton volleyball recorded its second straight sweep in a 25-16, 25-23, 25-17 triumph over the visiting Stryker Panthers Tuesday.

Ellie Beroske and Jessica Dohm scored early first set kills to help the Bulldogs jump out to a 5-1 lead.

“For us it’s important to get our confidence early,” said Bulldog coach Kyle Borer. “Getting out to a nice lead where we had some momentum.”

Abby Arnold’s redirect at the net along with a tip and double block with Beroske, extended the Swanton advantage to 13-7, and Alexis Sarvo’s shot from the middle expanded the Bulldog lead to 18-10.

Ashlynn Waddell and Alexis Bergman scored kills before Arnold’s shot from the middle put Swanton at set point and a Panther hit into the net ended the first set.

Two kills by MaKenzie Caldwell, along with four Swanton miscues, helped Stryker jump to an 8-1 lead in the second.

Waddell’s consecutive kills from the left, then two more from Arnold and another by Beroske got Swanton back within 13-8.

Courtney Stewart’s shot stopped the Bulldog run, but Sarvo then Dohm, and finally an Arnold ace got the Dogs back to within 15-14.

Back-to-back kills from Caldwell put the Panthers back up 18-15, but the Bulldogs responded with the next four points, including Kylie Ulch’s set tying ace, then a Panther attack that went into the net to take a 19-18 lead.

Stewart’s two kills helped Stryker regain a 22-20 lead before Waddell, Arnold, Bergman and Dohm scored to put Swanton up 24-22.

Stewart’s kill got Stryker within one but Arnold ended the set on a shot off a Panther blocker.

“The difference in the first two sets, especially in our comeback was our passing,” explained Borer. “We played a cleaner game as a whole in the first set, but in the back half of the second game and actually most of the night I was very pleased with our unforced errors. They were a lot less than what they were the last couple of matches.

“Saturday (in a straight set sweep of Edon) and today we cleaned it up a lot.”

In the third set, Waddell’s tip broke a 7-7 tie and Sammi Taylor’s ace boosted Swanton up 11-7.

Stryker battled to within 14-12 on Caldwell’s kill but Dohm led a charge with a shot off a block attempt and an ace to boost Swanton up 18-12 where Waddell took over from there with three kills to take the Bulldogs home.

Swanton returns to NWOAL play Thursday at Archbold.

Sammi Taylor of Swanton with a bump during Tuesday’s home match with Stryker. The Bulldogs took down the Panthers in three sets.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2018/09/web1_Taylor-bump.jpgSammi Taylor of Swanton with a bump during Tuesday’s home match with Stryker. The Bulldogs took down the Panthers in three sets. Max Householder | Swanton Enterprise

Ashlynn Waddell of Swanton fires a kill from the right side Tuesday against Stryker. She finished with a team-high 11 kills.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2018/09/web1_Waddell-kill.jpgAshlynn Waddell of Swanton fires a kill from the right side Tuesday against Stryker. She finished with a team-high 11 kills. Max Householder | Swanton Enterprise

Alexis Bergman serves one up for Swanton.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2018/09/web1_A.-Bergman-serves.jpgAlexis Bergman serves one up for Swanton. Max Householder | Swanton Enterprise

Alexis Sarvo of Swanton (2) prepares to hit during Tuesday’s match against Stryker. She posted eight kills for the Bulldogs.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2018/09/web1_Sarvo-about-to-hit.jpgAlexis Sarvo of Swanton (2) prepares to hit during Tuesday’s match against Stryker. She posted eight kills for the Bulldogs. Max Householder | Swanton Enterprise

By Joe Blystone

For the Enterprise

Reach Joe Blystone at tsesports@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Joe Blystone at tsesports@aimmediamidwest.com