PERRY TOWNSHIP – It was opening night for home Northwest Central Conference volleyball action for Perry and the young Commodores did some growing up Monday evening.
Perry took on visiting Temple Christian and held on to claim a 3-1 victory that improved their season record to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the NWCC.
After taking the first game 25-13, the Commodores held on for a 25-22 win in the second game. The Pioneers fought back to claim a 25-21 win in the third game before Perry closed out the match with a 25-23 win in the fourth game.
After dominating the first game, Perry took a 23-16 in the second game before Temple pulled to with-in 23-21. Kills by Kaylene Trent and Tia Barfield allowed the Commodores to hold on for the second game win.
The Pioneers refused to go away and fought their way to a victory by overcoming five tied scores before they ran off the final four points of the game to claim the 25-21 win.
The fourth game was a back and forth affair that saw the game tied eight different times before Perry claimed the game, and the match, on a kill by Kelsey Wells.
Temple Christian was led by their libero Sophie White, who totaled 25 digs and three aces in the contest. Heather Goliver totaled eight kills while Kayla Mueller had three blocks. Anna Acklin finished with 15 assists and Madelyn Crawford chipped in with 18 digs in the contest.
“We only had 11 (varsity and junior varsity) healthy players today, we had to pull up a jayvee player,” Temple Christian coach Tim Acklin said. “We need to work on our communication and confidence. Our middle hitters did a decent job at the net and we were decent on defense; we have to get an outside attack.”
The Commodores were paced by Wells who finished the match with 10 kills, 13 digs, and four aces. Tia Barfield had eight kills and two blocks while Anna Plaugher had 30 assists and Caitlin Shively finished with three aces.
“We are young and play two freshmen and two sophomores; Trent and libero Dakota Scarberry are my seniors that see a lot of action.” Perry coach Gina Shively said. “We work hard and try to get better every day, it is really different (playing varsity) for the young players as we try to get together and play as a unit. I thought we passed the ball well today, had good setting and were able to run our offense.”