Lady Flyers improve to 12-0 with sweep of Victoria East
Aug. 19, 2014 at 6:42 p.m.
Updated Aug. 19, 2014 at 11:46 p.m.
Tried and tested.
And not a single blemish.
A week into the volleyball season, St. Joseph is still undefeated.
Tuesday against host Victoria East, the Lady Flyers kept the winning streak alive, improving to 12-0 after a 3-0 non-district sweep of the Titans.
"I think our record reflects how we've been playing," said St. Joseph coach Allyson Griffin after her team's 25-16, 25-11, 25-10 triumph. "Anybody can go undefeated. But we make sure we have strong competition against really strong teams."
The Titans were one of them.
Right out of the gates, East battled with St. Joseph to tie the first set at 7.
But Flyers' Christine Janak (13 kills, 11 digs, 3 blocks); Carly Moran (15 kills, 8 digs) and Lindsey Still (6 kills, 6 blocks) didn't run out of answers at the net.
Janak, Lauren Williams (17 digs) and Still completed brief service runs as the Flyers built a 22-15 lead in the opener.
Setter Dakota Stewart (33 assists, 11 digs) had little problems feeding her hitters.
"Dakota is stepping in that role," Griffin said. "Christine is a heavy hitter. She puts the ball away. Lindsey (Still) and Madison (Foeh) are strong presences at the net. Lindsey is working hard to make sure nothing is falling."
As if they weren't done, the Flyers dominated in other aspects.
Kristi Hempel served eight straight points to give St. Joseph a 16-9 lead in the second.
In the third, Autumn Means and Williams took turns rattling off for long service runs. Williams used her steady arm to give the Flyers an 18-6 lead.
"Our defense has really improved," Still said. "They picked it up, and they started communicating with each other."
The Titans began each set with solid plays, but unforced errors proved costly.
"It's one of those things where we're learning," East coach Jamye Pauley said. "We're still figuring out how to work together.
"Our defense relies on our blockers," she said, "and our hitters rely on our passers. So, we're still learning."
Anne Wozniak had seven kills for the Titans.
"She never went defeated," Pauley said. "She worked really hard from beginning to end."
Jocelyn Watkins had 10 digs, 7 kills and 5 digs for the Titans, who dropped to 5-3. Tianny Escalona had 9 assists.
Wozniak was solid for the Titans in the first, blocking a slam off St. Joseph then pounded back-to-back rockets from setter Escalona to tie the score at 5.
Katie Carter had 2 kills, and Alicia Hernandez chipped in with 13 digs.
The Flyers are fresh off a win in the Columbus Tournament from this past weekend.
"They worked so hard," Griffin said.