By emphasizing D, Aberdeen’s rapidly developing Bobcats are registering some W’s in Evergreen 2A Conference volleyball.
Overcoming Centralia’s power by keeping the ball in play, the Bobcats topped the Tigers, 17-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-23, Tuesday at Sam Benn Gym.
Winless last season, the Cats improved to 3-1 in league and 3-3 overall.
Brittany Flohr and Alahna Weber led Aberdeen with nine kills apiece, three more than Heather Dublanko. Weber also contributed 13 assists and four aces, while Flohr and Lily Walsh served three aces apiece.
The key statistic in this one, however, may have been digs. Dublanko and Kiana Dixon brought up 16 apiece in that category.
Centralia had a definite advantage in firepower, particularly when 6-foot-1 junior Michaela Hall was in the front row. Victimized by Hall’s four consecutive kills in the opening set, the Bobcats did a much better job of covering the court for the remainder of the match and usually had the better of long rallies.
Aberdeen coach Wilma Weber was happy with her team’s defense and placement of their attacks.
“We found holes,” she said. “You don’t have to hit it hard, you just have to find the floor. Defensively, we were getting to a lot of balls.”
With the match tied at a set apiece, the Bobcats survived a scary sequence at the end of the third stanza.
They were seemingly cruising with a 23-14 lead following a kill by Erika Nelson. A missed serve, however, gave Centralia a side-out and Payton Zandofsky proceeded to serve seven straight points to narrow the margin to one.
Zandofsky’s next serve, however, sailed inches long. Flohr proceeded to close it out when the Tigers were guilty of a carrying violation on her strong serve.
The fourth set was tight throughout. Down 20-16 at one stage, Centralia tied it at 22 on a Miriam Ash ace.
After Maddy Farrer had a couple of nice digs to keep the point alive, the Bobcats went ahead to stay when Walsh put away a set from Weber. Walsh then set up Dublanko for a kill to give Aberdeen match point
Centralia momentarily prolonged matters on a Mackenzie Wilson kill, but Weber directed a shot into the open court at the end of a long rally for the clinching point.
The Tigers took the JV match, 25-19, 25-16. Aberdeen’s C squad prevailed, 22-25, 25-17, 15-9.
The Bobcats travel to Capital on Thursday.