The Silverdale Lady Seahawks won a big region volleyball match at Boyd-Buchanan Thursday evening, but you would have never known it by the way Boyd-Buchanan coach Maggie Brown reacted after it was over.
Silverdale improved to 17-7 overall and 5-3 in D-II-AA play with a 3-0 victory, winning by scores of 25-17, 25-14 and 25-20.
“That’s the best match we’ve played all season as we played with heart and we hustled,” Brown said after the Lady Bucs dropped to 8-11 overall and 2-6 in region play.
“Silverdale has an outstanding team, but we came out for that third set fired up with our heads in the right spot. As long as they have fun and play with everything they’ve got, I’m all for it. I thought we had it in that third set, but we made a few errors and they had some really good swings.
“But we had a good attitude, the girls were doing a good job of communicating and we played as a team. We know what we’re capable of and I’m hoping this might be a big turning point for us, but I’m super pumped. I know the scoreboard doesn’t show it, but I look at this as a win for us,” Brown added.
The Lady Seahawks were clearly the better team at the start as they bolted to a 5-1 lead and had a commanding 11-2 advantage before Brown called her first timeout.
The Lady Bucs were able to rally and used six straight service points from Katie Culver to get within 18-15. Two straight kills from Katie Patrick helped Silverdale get back on track and they claimed the first set shortly afterward on an ace from Emmaline Hale.
Boyd-Buchanan scored the first point of the second set before Silverdale scored the next four and the Lady Seahawks never trailed again.
The difference was 14-9 when Hale went to the service line. It was 19-9 following another ace as the Lady Bucs never got any closer than six points.
The third set was totally different and worth the price of admission.
Mallory Neal started things off for the Lady Seahawks with an ace before the Lady Bucs gained the upper hand, taking an 8-3 lead on five straight points – including three aces – from Ivy Henderson.
The difference was 17-13 when the tide turned for Silverdale as they scored the next seven points, including six service points from Emily Wells.
The Lady Bucs got within 21-19 on a kill from Culver, but Caroline Dale had a kill and Kenzie Manning two kills – including the game-winner – to finish the match.
Silverdale coach Renae Marcus too was pleased with how her team played, especially that valiant comeback in the third set when it would have been so easy to just throw in the white towel.
Ana Vereen missed the match because of illness, which caused Marcus to change her rotation, but all came out just fine at the end.
“That was a lot of fun,” she began with a smile shortly after the final point had been scored.
“We were using a totally different rotation with Ana out, but Savannah Gann ran her tail off and played a really great match. We hit it strong as we came ready to play hard. We had a lot of great kills and overall just a great effort on our part.
“Boyd-Buchanan wanted to win that third set, so I was really proud of how we were able to come back. We’ve been working on how to deal with stuff like that, but I really liked most of what I saw today,” she added.
Manning finished with a dozen kills and Patrick nine more to lead the Silverdale hitters. Gann was instrumental with 24 assists and eight digs. Neal chipped in with 14 digs while Hale had nine.
Julia Headrick had 10 digs, five kills and six assists to lead the Lady Bucs while Culver finished with nine digs and eight assists.
Boyd-Buchanan returns to action at home on Monday against Signal Mountain while Silverdale will be at home for their next match against Red Bank on Tuesday for Pink Out, a breast cancer awareness match where the proceeds benefit the Mary Ellen Locher Foundation.
Savannah Gann – 24 assists, 8 digs, 2 kills, 1 ace
Katie Patrick – 9 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig, 1 ace
Mallory Neal – 14 digs, 2 assists, 1 ace
Kenzie Manning – 12 kills, 7 digs, 3 aces
Emmaline Hale – 9 digs, 3 aces, 1 kill
Caroline Dale – 1 kill, 3 digs
Savannah Williams – 6 kills, 2 digs
Emily Wells – 6 digs, 1 ace
Bree Sexton – 1 block
Ansley Junkins – 3 digs.
Julia Headrick – 10 digs, 5 kills, 6 assists
Katie Culver – 9 digs, 3 kills, 8 assists, .5 block, 1 ace
Ivy Henderson – 2 digs, 3 kills, 3 aces
Abigail Taylor – 8 digs, 1 kill
Zoe Pryor – 1 dig
Skylar Linville – 3 kills
Hannalea Massey – 2 digs, 1 kill, 2.5 blocks.
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