Volleyball: Wilsonville taking pride in comeback-'Cats mentality
The Wildcats showcase their ability to regain leads in a hurry in their four-set win over Sandy.
Its exciting for the members of the Wilsonville volleyball team when theyre able to engineer a run and come from behind to win a set. Its not so enjoyable for coach Kristen Rott.
The girls tend to take pride in the whole comeback-Cats thing, Rott said. Its quite annoying as a coach I would rather you just be aggressive and assertive from the get-go. But theyve rallied around that comeback-Cats (mentality), and if it works for them then well take it as far as we can.
The Wildcats took it for a 3-1 (25-15, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23) victory over Sandy at home Sept. 26, where they used several impressive surges to eke out narrow set victories.
Wilsonville (8-2, 5-1 in the Northwest Oregon Conference) never trailed in an opening frame that featured six ties. After Sandy junior outside hitter Alex Ford made it 11-11 on a tip kill, the Wildcats engineered a 14-4 surge to run away with a 25-15 victory.
The spurt began with a 6-0 run that featured a kill by Lexy Thompson, an ace by Skyler Matthews, a well-placed shot by Rebecca Wenz, a crosscourt kill by Hailey Hayes and a block by Genna Florig. The frame ended with a five-point blitz for the Wildcats.
Sandy seemed to find a groove in the second set and prevailed, 25-21, to tie the match at 1-1. Wilsonville took an early 3-2 lead in the frame, but the Pioneers regained the edge at 4-3 on an ace by junior middle blocker Bekah Mather and never trailed the rest of the way.
If we cut down our errors and take care of the ball, were a phenomenal team, Rott said. But when the girls have mental lapses, these are the games we have.
After a 12-5 run by the Wildcats, Sandy broke the 18-18 tie by stringing together five points in a row and snatched a 23-18 lead on Fords ace. The Pioneers, who logged five aces in the frame, earned their final two points of the game on a kill by senior middle blocker Jenny Covington and a Wilsonville error.
It was a little bit of a scare when they won, Matthews said. We knew wed have to fight back.
The Wildcats actually fell behind 5-4 early in the third set, but they regained the edge at 6-5 on a block by Florig and never trailed after that. They broke a 13-13 tie with a six-point surge capped by Florigs powerful spike and held on for a 25-20 set victory and a 2-1 edge in the match.
Still, it appeared as though Wilsonville was headed for a fifth set after falling behind 15-8 in the fourth frame on a kill by Mather.
But the Wildcats used an 11-4 spurt to tie the frame at 19-19, took a 21-19 edge on two errors by the Pioneers and eked out a 25-23 win to end the match. Florig and Thompson logged Wilsonvilles last two points.
We were a little jittery still, Florig said. We didnt play to our potential, and we didnt handle the ball very well. But we pulled it through.
AT A GLANCE
Wilsonville 3, Sandy 1
Sept. 26 at Wilsonville High School
1 2 3 4 F
Sandy 15 25 20 23 1
WHS 25 21 25 25 3
Kills Sandy: Alex Ford 8, Bekah Mather 6, Jenny Covington 5, Kayla Anderson 3; Wilsonville: Genna Florig 12, Rebecca Wenz 9, Lexy Thompson 7, Hailey Hayes 6, Madi Wardle 6, Kyra Austin 2, Hailey Kinman 1.
Aces Sandy: Ford 3, Mather 3, Anderson 1, Jordan Hall 1, Ashley Laughlin 1; Wilsonville: Skyler Matthews 3, Wenz 2, Florig 2, Wardle 1, Bianca Schmitt 1, Austin 1.