DELPHOS — Fast starts are a good thing in any sport and the Delphos St. John’s volleyball team raced out of the gate Tuesday evening against visiting Spencerville at the Robert A. Arzen Gymnasium.
The Blue Jays knocked off the Bearcats by a 3-0 final on scores of 25-8, 25-12 and 25-11 to improve to 4-0 on the young season.
Delphos got an outstanding performance from senior Madi Ellis who had four early kills to jump start the Blue Jays to a quick 11-4 lead. Ellis then served 11 straight points and Delphos had a 22-4 lead. Spencerville did get to within 22-7 before Blue Jays freshman Brianna Altenburger slammed home a kill to close out the first game at 25-8.
It was more of the same in the second game as Ellis totaled seven kills and the Blue Jays raced to a 25-12 win. DSJ took leads of 12-4, 16-5, and 22-10 before closing out the Bearcats.
The third game saw the Blue Jays score two six point runs that gave them leads of 10-2 and 16-3 to take control and the match was over when DSJ closed out the Bearcats with a 25-11 victory.
It was a tough evening for the young Bearcats (0-3) as they have only two seniors and four juniors on the roster. Spencerville starts one senior, two juniors, and three sophomores plus their libero is also a sophomore.
“We ask the kids to get better every day,” Bearcats coach Amy Hoback said. “We had some fantastic digs from our back row players; we are young and trying to get better.”
Ellis finished the match with 12 kills and also added 11 service aces for the Blue Jays. Ellie Csukker had 19 assists and seven kills while Kennedy Clarkson had 13 digs from her libero position. Kylie Moenter totaled seven digs and three aces.
“Madi Ellis is a very solid player and Ellie Csukker is a very good setter.” Delphos coach Carolyn Dammeyer said. “Our serve/receive and ball control are both very good.”
Dammeyer is well aware the Blue Jays are about to enter the meat of their schedule.
“We are getting consistent play right now,” Dammeyer said. “But we start Midwest Athletic Conference play Thursday night when we go to Fort Recovery.”