Young gets by Payton
BY MICHAEL WOJTYCHIW September 20, 2011
Sometimes all it takes is good serving to win a volleyball match. Young got plenty of that and some in its 29-27, 25-11 win at Payton Tuesday night.
Payton got off to a quick start in front of a sold-out crowd, as they raced out to a quick 7-2 lead. However, it wasn’t long before the Dolphins (13-1, 6-0 Super Division) went on a 13-4 run to take a 17-5 lead midway through the first set.
“We really tried to come out focused and aggressive and not get down on ourselves,’’ said Madisen Lenzini. “We knew we had to push through and we would come out on top.’’
Payton (11-2, 3-2) was one point away from taking the first set before a Lenzini kill started a 3-0 run that would tie the set at 24. A kill by Danielle Schroeder, finished with five kills, and a hitting error by Kaimara Herron gave Young the 29-27 win.
“I wanted to switch the lineup a little bit,’’ said Young coach Jaime Walters. “I wanted to put up a bigger block on the outsides because of their size up front, so I wanted to try a new lineup.’’
The Dolphins used the momentum in the second set, getting out to an 8-6 lead, when Imara McMillan (five aces) stepped to the service line for Young. The junior served 11 straight points, three of which would turn out to be aces, as she put Young in absolute control early.
Lenzini (13 kills) had seven kills in the second set.
“As a leader on the court, I try to take that opportunity to put balls away to help my team out,’’ said Lenzini.
Michelle Schultz led the Grizzlies with six kills, while Morgan Barnes had five and Herron three, all in the first set.