By Ryan Palencer Flyer Correspondent
Hendricks County Flyer
---- — LIZTON – Behind strong front line play, the Tri-West volleyball team defeated visiting Bethesda 3-0 in straight sets Tuesday night.
“I was more pleased (tonight) than I have been over the last month of our play,” said Tri-West coach Stacey Rogers. “We have been struggling lately, had a nice talk today and saw great things coming out of our team meeting. Everyone was positive, bringing themselves together in the middle of the court and cheering for each other. That’s what I like to see going into the end of our season.”
The Bruins rolled from the beginning, starting on 17-3 run. Building on the momentum, they took the first set 25-10. Emily Grifith contributed a block and two aces for points in the set.
The second set was much more competitive in the beginning, as Bethesda pulled within 9-7 midway through. However, Tri-West rode a 16-4 run to take it 25-11.
In the third set, Bethesda was within 6-5. In a repeat of the second set, the Bruins went on a 19-5 run to take it 25-10. Grifith contributed two more kills and Marisa Meyer had back-to-back aces.
For the Patriots, Tuesday night was about growing and learning.
“We look at this as getting better,” said Bethesda coach Matt Akeright. “We look at it as how we can improve. If we look at a loss as a bad thing, it doesn’t help us. It’s a building block. It’s either a stepping stone or a stumbling block. This is a good program here at Tri-West and we are going to try to keep working and building our program.”
Though much of the Bruins’ roster is filled with upperclassmen, Rogers said that can be deceiving and that she seeks a leader within the squad.
“We have a lot of upperclassmen, but not a lot of varsity experience,” she said. “I have been looking to someone to take charge and this is the time for them to do it.”
With the win, Tri-West looks to build on it and create some momentum going into the stretch run.
“Once we find the point, where we are playing the type of play that we want, we want to stick with it and we have talked about not going down from there and only moving up,” Rogers said. “I’m definitely not that worried about our record and I thinking about the end of our season and sectionals.”