CLEARWATER—It may have been a mentality issue. Or maybe it was just bad volleyball.
Augusta played one of its worst sets to start its match against Clearwater at the Indians’ home triangular Tuesday. In the huddle after the Indians won the set 25-9, coach Rich Bishop couldn’t help but let out his frustrations and try to get the Orioles to play with more energy.
That’s exactly what they did. After playing much better, Augusta worked to get a four-point lead midway through set two, but it wasn’t enough. Clearwater went on a 6-2 run to close the set for a 25-9, 25-20 win.
The Orioles had trouble closing against Wellington, too. Augusta led nearly the entire first set, including at 20-17 after a kill by Katy Nordman. But the Crusaders went on an 8-3 run to win the set. The Crusaders won another close set to win the match 25-23, 25-22.
Against Clearwater, the Orioles had six serve-return errors, six defensive errors, five offensive errors and committed two penalties in the first set.
In the second set, the Orioles had far fewer errors. Abby Tipton and Faith Hallmark started the set with block kills. Hallmark and Mariah Zerr had back-to-back kills on assists by Madison Macari for an early 7-6 lead. Tipon tied the set 11-11 with a kill that sparked a 5-0 spurt, which was capped with a kill by Hallmark. But Clearwater’s Bryna Vogel had three kills down the stretch— though the Orioles fought hard in several long rallies—to ice the game.
Macari had two aces early during the Orioles’ match against Wellington as Augusta quickly jumped out to a 6-2 lead. Wellington kept fighting back before Augusta could pull away. Nordman had a kill for a 20-17 lead, but the Crusaders went on a 7-1 run to set up match point and steal the first set.
The Orioles will try to get their first wins of the regular season Tuesday, Sept. 24 when the host Buhler and Mulvane for a home triangular.
Augusta’s junior varsity volleyball team got a pair of sweeps at the Clearwater Triangular Tuesday. The Orioles topped the Indians 25-14, 25-14, then beat the Wellington Crusaders 25-19, 25-17.
The JV team returns to action at the Orioles’ home triangular Tuesday, Sept. 24 against Buhler and Mulvane.