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Lady Aztecs sweep Saints
Barstow volleyball beats Adelanto
BARSTOW • After dropping its last two matches, the Barstow volleyball team got back in the swing of things with a win. The Lady Aztecs swept visiting Adelanto, 3-0, in Tuesday’s match at Barstow High School.
It was a league match against a squad that’s new to the Desert Sky League. Adelanto, being a new high school, is fielding a young volleyball team with no seniors. There are some growing pains as a result, and it took some time for the Lady Saints to get in sync on Tuesday. They dropped the first two games by scores of 25-7 and 25-3 before picking up the pace for game three, which the Lady Aztecs won, 27-25.
“This was a good confidence booster,” said Barstow head coach Brooke Verrill of the victory. “I thought we looked better tonight than in our last two matches, we played together as a team.”
The Lady Aztecs didn’t have to do much in the first two games, as failed returns and long hits were costly for Adelanto. As a result, the home team didn’t rack up the usual number of kills and assists.
“It was a serving game,” said coach Verrill. “We didn’t get the amount of kills we normally do, but we had a good night at the line.”
A standout was Marissa Keeton, who reeled off 17 consecutive good serves in game two, eight of them aces. The game was kicked off with kills from Harley Carter and Tiare Alefaio for the first two points, followed by Keeton’s first ace, and from there the Lady Aztecs coasted to the 22-point win.
The first two games went by quickly, leaving Verrill free to improvise in game three. Coming up this weekend Barstow will take part in the Whittier Tournament, and the coach wanted to prepare.
“A couple of the girls won’t be at the tournament, so I mixed it up in the third game, tried some different combinations,” she said. “I put Marisol (Wulleumier) in the front row and she got a couple of kills; she’s been working on that and it’s nice to see her accomplish it.”
The coach also noted a kill by Carter where she was able to spike the ball past three Saints defenders.
The experimentation led to a longer game, but the Lady Aztecs pulled it out in the end. It was wrapped up by Breanna Low, who served up an ace for the 27th point and the win.
The victory was a morale booster after two losses. The team needs to get into a winning state of mind, according to senior Heather Verrill.
“It helps with our confidence; we need to get used to winning,” she said. “We can build on it. When we win it makes us better. I think we’ve already improved so much this year.”
“It was a slower game today and we play better when we’re high energy,” said Low. “We have to keep our heads in the game. As long as we’re excited and pumped up, we can compete with anybody.”
The win leaves the Lady Aztecs with an overall record of 3-2. They’re on the road for their next five matches, beginning on Thursday at Silverado.