Mavericks win two Saturday
By Jeff Hasselmann
The Clay Central-Everly volleyball team turned in a weekend sweep on Saturday in Alta, pushing past both Graettinger/Terril and the host Cyclones behind a strong serving effort.
"This was the fourth and fifth match for us during Homecoming week, which happened to follow fair week, so it was a major mental battle not to mention a physical battle to get going Saturday morning," said CC-E coach Pat Thomsen.
The Mavericks opened the triangular with a 25-11, 25-19, 25-23 win over the Knights before defeating Alta 13-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-23.
"We actually started sharp the in the first game with Graettinger/Terril and ended up struggling to win game three," Thomsen commented.
"We were down 5-22 in the first game with Alta, and I was just thinking, 'I hope we get out of here without any injuries'," Thomsen added. "Serving and passing remained consistent. The difference was that we started playing some defense."
Clay Central-Everly saw its top five servers connect at an 89-percent clip, while recording a combined 32 aces on the day. The Mavericks also had 60 combined kills from their top three hitters.
Laura Brugman recorded a team-high 28 kills in a 58-for-68 hitting performance. Leah Klett added 17 kills on 35-of-40 hitting; Jen Breidinger went 25-of-28 with 15 kills. Breidinger added seven total blocks, two were solo. Brugman had 26 digs, while Alecia Kruse led Clay Central-Everly's defensive effort with 30 digs.
"We got some key blocks and digs against a hard-hitting Alta team in games two, three and four," Thomsen noted. "Plus they were having a hard time handling our serves and Laura, Leah and Jen's attacks. Jordan (Stein) set an excellent match."
Jordan Stein finished her day with 56 assists. She also led the CC-E servers with seven aces on 37-of-42 serving.
Klett and Kruse each added seven aces apiece. Klett was 35-of-40, Kruse finished her day 21-of-23. Brugman was 20-of-22 in serving with six aces; Heather Clark was 21-of-23 with five aces.
Clay Central-Everly improved to 11-6 overall following the victories. The Mavericks take a 3-2 Cornbelt Conference record into a pair of league games this week.