CAMDEN — The Preble Shawnee volleyball team traveled to Carlisle on Tuesday, Sept. 6, and came away with a victory in three sets, 25-22, 25-9 and 25-10.
The first set was slow, but Shawnee smoothed things out and dominated the second and third sets.
“After our very flat showing at Milton-Union, I knew we really need to make some changes,” coach Kristy Cottingim said. “With the holiday weekend though, we were unable to work out specific rotation changes, but the girls worked hard Friday and Monday on specific skills. We went to Carlisle and tried out a new rotation that we had not even walked through.”
Brianna Wells finally completely recovered from an early-season ankle injury, and returned to play libero. Wells had 13 digs and 14 good serve receptions.
Miranda Chaney excelled in her new defensive assignment, with nine digs, and Chloe Smith stepped up in her new offensive roles with four kills and six aces.
Elise Walker led in kills with 10. Kaylie Campbell had eight kills. Savannah Lynch had 11 assists, five aces, and 19 service points. Walker, Wells, Lynch, and Campbell were stabilizing forces in this match.
On Thursday, Sept. 8, the Arrows hosted Dixie in a very hot gym. The Lady Arrows came out strong in the first set and took advantage of any mistake made by Dixie. But the second set was a tremendous struggle — they fell behind but came back to win in a dramatic 33-31 finish.
After Shawnee went up 25-24, the set saw seven ties and seven lead changes prior to the final score.
“We kept the adrenaline from that set and just rolled on in the third set,” said Cottingim. “Our serving and passing were great. We were able to run our offense.”
In the third set, Preble Shawnee started off with a small lead. Dixie kept the game close but never tied or took a lead, and the Arrows closed with the 25-16 win. Walker ended the night with 18 kills, 13 digs and seven assists. Lynch had 20 service points, eight digs and 12 assists. Campbell had 19 service points, three kills and four blocks. Wells, Chaney and Carol Cappel had outstanding games in serve reception and defense.
A tough match awaited Preble Shawnee on Saturday, Sept. 10, as they traveled to Arcanum. The match was pushed back to late afternoon because of players taking their ACT.
The team had yet another slow start, but kept the first set close, losing 22-25. In the second set, PS got behind early but kept working and tried hard but ended up losing 18-25. Down by two sets, the girls pushed ahead in the third set and won 25-19.
“Miranda Chaney and Savannah Lynch served really well and gave us a little room to breath,” said Cottingim.” “The girls relaxed and played better.”
In the fourth set, the Lady Arrows couldn’t get their offense running smoothly and lost 19-25. Walker had 14 kills, seven assists, and 12 digs. Campbell made nine kills, two blocks, with two aces. Lynch had 15 assists, six aces, and 21 service points. Chaney scored five aces, 18 service points, and 10 digs. Wells had 11 digs 27 good serve receptions. Cappel contributed with 14 digs.
Preble Shawnee is now 5-4 overall, and 3-1 in the Southwestern Buckeye League. The team was scheduled to play Bellbrook at home come Monday, Sept. 12. Next up, the team travels to Waynesville on Tuesday, Sept. 13, for an SWBL match. Finally, they will host Northridge on Thursday, Sept. 15.
Reach Oliver Sanders at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @osanders_RH