ELIDA — The youth and varsity inexperience of the Elida volleyball team showed Thursday night as the Bulldogs took on the Leipsic Vikings .
The Vikings used their size advantage the entire match and raced to wins of 25-10, 25-9, and 25-13 to improve to 2-0 on the young season.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, have only two seniors and two juniors on the roster; the rest being sophomores and freshmen who are seeing considerable playing time.
Leipsic used a strong service game to claim three separate runs of five points to sprint out to a first game win of 25-10. The score was tied at 4-4 before Leipsic took control and the Elida inexperience, mostly in the form of balls dropping among Elida players, began to show.
The second game was more of the same as Leipsic took a 15-8 lead and then proceeded to reel off eight straight points with Selena Loredo serving to grab a 23-8 lead before claiming the 25-9 win.
Not only was Elida (0-2) fighting the inexperience factor, Leipsic was considerably taller than the Bulldogs and that was a big factor in the outcome of the match.
Leipsic jumped out to a third game lead of 6-0 and never looked back as it took the third game by a 25-13 margin.
“We work hard on ball and trying to limit our errors,” Leipsic coach Brent Newell said. “We have four returning letter-winners and are trying to fit new faces in with the returnees. Ball control and communication are the points of emphasis for us this year.”
For Elida coach Traci Sneary the effort is there but she knows it is going to be a process to overcome the inexperience of her young squad.
“We are very young and play three freshmen plus four or five sophomores to go along with two juniors and two seniors,” Sneary said. “We are trying to get them up to the varsity level in both speed of the game and communication; our mistakes will come down with experience.”
Leipsic got strong games from Hayley Heitmeyer who totaled nine kills and four blocks. Kierra Meyer added 11 kills and 14 digs. Carlee Siefker and Emily Butler both contributed five blocks while Selena Loredo and Lyndie Hazelton both had 13 assists.
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