St. Joseph volleyball win ugly over Faith Academy, remain undefeated

Aug. 17, 2011 at 3:17 a.m.

It may sound cliche to some, but to St. Joseph coach Allyson Griffith and Faith Academy coach Toni Parkman, Tuesday's volleyball match between the two schools was not about who won or lost.

Both head coaches expressed disappointment with how their teams played the game, with St. Joseph coming out on top 25-14, 25-15, 25-19, improving to 5-0 on the season.

Instead of using the contest to build upon sweeping a weekend tournament on their home court, the Flyers uncharacteristically lacked focus throughout the contest, Griffith said.

"We lacked intensity. We got too comfortable," she said. When we are comfortable everything breaks down. Communication breaks down and everything falls apart."

This may have been most apparent midway through the third game, when Kelsea Hempel attempted to set the ball, but her pass was so wayward it bounded over the net. Visiting Faith Academy players were surprised when Hempel's ball fell over the net for a side out and a 12-6 lead.

Nine of the 11 Lady Flyers recorded at least one kill. Analise Ybarbo and Emily Conti led the way with seven kills each. Meanwhile, senior Kate Tucker led all players with 18 assists and eight digs.

Amanda Davenport and sophomore middle hitter Maegan Wilkinson also had seven kills for the Cougars.

"We definitely had better expectations," Parkman said. "That team, they have played together for years. They are well-rounded and they all play club. This is a brand new team so we are still learning. We have had two or three practices tops, because we have a game every other day."

The Cougars fall to 2-2 on the season. Parkman promised by the end of the season the lack of togetherness, as well as the second-guessing of themselves or teammates, will be a thing of the past.

Despite beating Yorktown in five games Monday night, the less than flattering attributes were on display for Faith Academy on Tuesday night. And good teams take advantage of such an opening, something both coaches stated afterward.

"Tonight should have been an opportunity to play our best game going into next month," Griffith said. "We go into district next month and if we play at that level, we'll get killed."



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