Brusly picked a bad day to play less than their best, and Parkview brought some great defense into a matchup of two hot teams in Division III, District 4, volleyball Thursday.
Parkview (9-0, 2-0 in district) jumped out quickly against the Panthers and never slowed down as they registered a 25-11, 25-11 and 25-13 win.
“The best thing we did today was keep the momentum,” Parkview coach Becky Madden said. “We kept the excitement and the energy and the momentum. We know we have a good defensive team, and that was never going to be an issue. It was just the two teams competing back and forth. We were able to take them out of the first few points of the match, and then we just kept that momentum.”
The Panthers hurt themselves with 10 service errors and some shaky passing in the first two games.
“It was all mental,” Brusly coach Karen Wooley said. “We weren’t in the mental game tonight. We weren’t ready to step on the court tonigh,t and Parkview took advantage of that.
“Then we started thinking what we had to do and started getting down on ourselves.
“(The Eagles) served and passed and hit with consistency. We have the potential to do that, but we just didn’t do it.”
Brusly (8-5, 1-1 district) came into the match on a roll, having chalked up eight straight wins after an 0-5 start, but they quickly found themselves in a 6-1 hole in the first set. The Panthers had three service errors during their shaky start, and by the time Wooley called a timeout, the margin had grown to 9-1.
Brusly pulled within 13-9 with a 5-2 run, but after the replay of a controversial line call, Parkview took over with a 13-2 run to take the first set 25-11.
The Panthers still had problems in the second set, as Parkview again jumped out to a 10-1 lead, stretched it to 23-8, and won by 25-11 again.
The beginning of the third set saw some of the best play of the day as both teams played well on their way to an 8-8 tie. That’s when Parkview, behind two aces by setter Neely Burns and a kill by Christie Dearie, went ahead 12-8.
After Burns hit a serve into the net, Wesley Anne Foreman had a kill, and the Eagles scored five straight points for an 18-9 lead, which they stretched to a 25-13 third set victory.
Madden credited Burns, a a sophomore, with being the Eagles’ spark.
“She’s doing a great job of distributing the ball,” Madden said. “She has a feel for the game and knows when to go to the middle and when to go to the outside. We have a good balance of hitters at both positions.”
Burns finished the match with 10 digs, 19 assists and four aces. Outside hitter Deary led the Eagles in kills with seven and added four aces. Libero Macey Stock made some dazzling defensive plays and contributed 13 digs and another four aces.
Caitlyn Williams, another sophomore, had five kills and a block for the Panthers. Claire Daigle registered 17 digs, several of them in a sparkling third set, and Victoria Genusa had 12 assists.