CAMDEN — The Preble Shawnee Arrows volleyball team split a pair of Southwestern Buckeye League matches over the week, as they defeated Carlisle at home on Tuesday, Sept 8, and dropped a road match up later in the week.
The Arrows played one of their more complete matches of the year as they defeated the Indians 25-13, 25-15, and 25-10. Head coach Kristy Cottingim felt her team played with more confidence than she has seen in the past several matches.
Elise Walker helped lead the way, amassing nine kills, as freshmen Chloe Smith and Kaylie Campbell added four kills each.
Malorie Plaugher led with 21 serve points and four aces, while Brianna Wells led the team defensively.
On Thursday, Sept. 10, the team dropped a road match-up with Dixie in what Cottingim described as big rivalry for the team.
Cottingim said her team’s youth really showed against a tough crowd, resulting in numerous unforced errors. Those errors were part of the reason Dixie won in three sets, 25-16, 25-21, and 25-20.
Walker again led the way with nine kills; Madison Elkins chipped in five. Savannah Lynch led the way at the service line while Wells and Kylie Mikesell were key defensive players in the game.
“We are still very much a work in progress,” said Cottingim. “With only two returning varsity players, we have many facets of our game to develop. We will be tough when we put it all together. I have no doubt we will get there.”
The Arrows are now 3-5 on the season with a 2-2 record in the SWBL.
The team was scheduled to travel to league-favorite Bellbrook on Monday, Sept. 14, and then host Waynesville the following night, before ending their week at home against Northridge on Thursday, Sept. 17.
Reach Austin Schmidt at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @aschmidt_RH