BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath head coach Mandy Green said she was happy to get to the season going and was even more pleased Saturday when the Wildkittens produced a convincing sweep against Lima Senior.
Bath won 25-8, 25-9 and 25-10.
“Coming out for our first game of the season and going back and forth with all the COVID stuff and everything has been up in the air, we were just happy to play,” Green said.
Green added that even though the matches were not close she learned a lot about her team in the season opener.
“We actually took a lot away,” Green said. “Yes it wasn’t the best competition but good to see how our girls are playing on the floor against an opponent and have fans in the stands so it was a good win for us.”
Solid serving and consistent play allowed Bath to down an inexperienced Spartan squad, and Green said it has been something the team worked during the offseason.
“In the beginning of the summer we struggled with serving and passing and that is the two main things we focused on,” Green said. “The hitting will come but you can’t get a hit without a good pass so serving and hitting is what we worked on.”
Both teams showed signs of rust throughout the match but it was the Wildkittens who limited their miscues as Lima Senior struggled to find a rhythm.
In the first game, the Wildkittens opened play with a quick 4-0 run with three of those points coming off aces from Lilana Green. Bath eventually opened up a 10-2 advantage and then outscored the Spartans 15-6 to secure the first set and the Wildkittens recorded eight aces.
The second game was more of the same with five aces paving the way to the win. Also evident was Bath getting in an offensive rhythm with five different Wildkittens recording kills.
The Spartans showed some improvement in the third set and battled Bath to a 7-7 tie early. However, Bath reeled off a 12-0 run to secure control of the game before notching the 25-14 win. In the third set, Lilana Green had four kills and
for the day, Isabella Price had four kills and Delaney Mauk added four kills.
“I think we do have some girls that are experienced so them getting into a groove and getting rid of some of that first game jitters that we progressed a little along the way,” Lima Senior head coach Jazmine Thomas said. “But I do think our blocking and our defense definitely needs to improve.”
Thomas added that she is not happy with the loss but saw potential for the girls as the season progresses.
Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.