Oak Ridge High School’s varsity girls volleyball team tamed the Sheldon Huskies at last Thursdays home game.
The Lady Trojans won the match 3-0, with the first two games going their way 25-16 and 25-20. In the third game the girls really tightened the leash, toppling the Huskies 25-5
“I’ve tried a lot of different ways of coaching these girls,” said coach Becky Potter. “In the middle of the second game I told them to ‘just go out their and have fun. Once they calmed down and had some fun … that worked for this squad, at least in this situation.”
The third game started with Sheldon scoring but Oak Ridge came back with a vengeance. Junior Amelia Crye started to serve and the team played like a well-oiled machine. Tara McDermott’s strategically placed tips over the net left Sheldon scrambling and the Huskies, who looked tired on the court, had no response for senior Haley Simmons’ strong kills.
At 7-1, Sheldon called a timeout to regroup but it did little to help them. After the break Oak Ridge went on to score 5 more points before Sheldon got its second point on a Lady Trojan error. The girls quickly regained possession and another point when a Huskies’ kill went out of bounds and junior Mysha Davies short serve earned the team’s 14th point when it clipped the net and landed with a thud in an unprotected spot on Sheldon’s side of the court.
Davies dished out more challenging serves while Simmons, senior Alexa Becker and McDermott worked together and capitalized on Sheldon’s errors. Oak Ridge racked up 20 points before Sheldon got its third when a Davies’ dig fell short. A Simmons kill put the ball back on Oak Ridge’s side but her serve into the net gave it back to the Huskies, who seemed to muster up a little steam, making the Lady Trojans work hard for their last four points.
Rallies and some great blocks made in 24-4 before Sheldon got its last point on a out of bounds ball. Senior Arden Zuber responded for the Lady Trojans with a sweet tip over the net that found its way to the ground.
After the match a smiling Crye said that even though they won it wasn’t “our best game,” but the junior acknowledged that once they relaxed everything fell into place.
“We started to work well together,” she explained. “I think it’s going to be a great season.”