After Oak Ridge High School’s girls volleyball team landed firmly on top of the Pleasant Grove Eagles Thursday night I approached coach Becky Potter to report an interesting fact.
“Every game I’ve come to the girls have won 3-0,” I said.
“We’re a very superstitious team,” Potter replied. “Keep coming.”
Good luck charm or not, the Lady Trojans needed little of what I could provide sitting in the stands Thursday. Eagles’ errors and out-of-bounds shots netted Oak Ridge many of its points, and strong offense made up the rest.
The girls won the first game 25-19. Pleasant Grove flew ahead of the Lady Trojans early 4-8 before senior Alexa Becker and junior Mysha Davies did some serious damage at the net with powerful kills. Junior Tara McDermott had some beautiful sets that put the ball right where it needed to be for decisive action. A few unlucky shots on Oak Ridge’s side evened the score 13-13 before the Eagles began giving away points when they had trouble finding the court boundaries (several kills sailed past the white lines) and the couldn’t respond to the Lady Trojan’s aggressive play.
In the second game the Lady Trojans charged ahead thanks to great offensive and defensive play from senior and co-captain Hayley Simmons, who sent sharp kills over the net and also joined Becker in blocking whatever the Eagles sent their way. No matter what they tried Pleasant Grove couldn’t catch up and they dropped the game 25-15 when one of their players hit the ball into the net, giving Oak Ridge the winning point.
Oak Ridge kept its momentum for the third game. Davies and junior Rachel McVicar sent kill after kill over the net while the Eagles unlucky play — out-of-bounds and into the net kills, tough digs that went out of play and serves that fell short — also racked up the points for the Lady Trojans. By the time the score reached 20-12 in Oak Ridge’s favor, Pleasant Grove looked defeated. They lost the game 25-13 after sophomore Maddie DeGeorge, who assisted in several points thanks to solid sets, tipped the ball over and it hit the floor.
“We really had the confidence that our team could win,” DeGeorge said. “We knew we had it.”
Potter credited the win to her girls’ commitment to the game, explaining that the players knew they had to stay tough because Pleasant Grove is one of those teams that can come back from a deficit or a loss and regain its momentum.
“I’m all about the mental game,” Potter said, “and I’m really pleased with where we’re at mentally. We’re in a good place.”
The junior varsity girls also own their match against the Eagles thanks to a 15-11 tiebreaker win. Both teams hit the road next week, facing St. Francis on Tuesday and Folsom on Thursday.