Brusly had its moments of success, but Parkview Baptist had what it took to finish sets, and the Eagles pounded out a 3-0 win in volleyball action at Parkview on Tuesday.
The set scores were 25-15, 25-17, 25-19 as Parkview moved to 20-5 and 7-0 in Division III, District 4, and Brusly dropped to 17-8 (6-2 with both district losses to Parkview.)
Twelve was an unlucky number for the visiting Panthers as both the first and third sets were tied at 12 before the Eagles went on set-ending runs.
“They are really a good solid team,” Brusly coach Karen Woolley said. “We played better today (than in the last Parkview match) but so did they. They played a lot better than we did. Our passing wasn’t up to par but that was because of their serves. When we could get the pass and the set we did OK, but we couldn’t get that today.”
Brusly played a solid defensive point and used a kill by Caitlyn Williams to tie the first set at 12 before the Eagles opened the floodgates. Capitalizing on two aces by Cameron Forbes and one by Reagan Smith, they went on a 13-3 run and ended the set on the Skyler Goodwin’s first kill.
She went on to record 10 kills in the match, and along with fellow hitters Wesley Foreman (12 kills, five blocks) and Christy Dearie (eight kills, one block) kept the Brusly defense scrambling.
“This was probably my second-best game of the year,” Goodwin said. “I was real nervous during the first game, but then I wasn’t scared anymore. I like hitting, and we have a lot of people who can hit the ball.”
Parkview got four kills from Goodwin and three from Dearie in the second set to take a 22-14 lead and coast to the win.
The third set mirrored the first. With Foreman, Goodwin and Dearie attacking at the net, the Eagles went from a 12-12 tie to a 21-13 lead. Brusly rallied behind Brianna Granville and Johnee Leblanc, but they couldn’t make up the lost ground.
“We’re not there yet, but our upperclass leadership is great,” Parkview coach Becky Madden said. “We have a good combination of knowing they can get the job done and not getting overconfident.
“We’ve been working on (finishing sets) in practice. We put them in pressure situations and make them play from behind. It’s something we emphasize a lot.”
Neely Burns had a sparkling all-around game, leading the Eagles with 28 assists and adding seven digs. Macey Stock had 18 digs.
“We knew they would play hard, especially after our last game,” Foreman said. “I thought we played well. Our team is really good, and we’ve worked really hard, and I can’t wait to finish off the season.”
Leblanc led the Panthers with 12 kills and 13 assists. Williams had nine kills and a block, Victoria Genusa had 14 assists, and Claire Daigle added 13 digs.