Sunday, September 30, 2012

TVS ‘Off the Schnide’



Yes TVS volleyball is ‘off the Schnide’ to quote coach Roberts.  After winning its first 3 games, TVS has been on a losing skid that seemed as though it would never stop – 8 straight losses.  But finally this week South got win number 4 against conference foe Bethel.  But first they would have to play Eaton.

South stayed with Eaton in all three sets, but fell 25-18, 25-17, 25-22.  Eaton is a team with a blend of youth and experience and have had some success this season.  Coach Roberts gave credit to the Eaton program, “Kudo’s to Eaton for playing a dominating match. The scores really did not indicate just how in control of the match Eaton really was. We were flat and just couldn't string enough momentum together to make an impact.  I had remembered Julia Titus from early on in the pre-season and was impressed with her height, skills and the advantages her left-handed presence makes at the net. Then in introductions, I recognized the Puckett name,I knew she would be athletic. Although their varsity time tonight was brief, I believe Brittany George and Aubrey Stevenson will fill some key roles for Eaton come post-season.

She continued, “Also impressive tonight were the two seniors, Taylor Guay and Alyson Hood. Taylor Guay from her setting/defensive position and Alyson Hood from her serving and attacking position. It is evident that the changes Jess Coach Sams is making with the girls are paying off. I was really impressed with the athletic administration at Eaton for running a very sportsmanship-centered pre-match.

Next up for South was Bethel which they dispatched in 3 straight sets in workmanlike fashion: 25-15, 25-11, 25-15.  Never really giving Bethel a chance to take control at all.  Coach Roberts had plenty of praise for the team after this match, “In this match its more about the emotions that surround the win than anything else at this point. I'm really proud of my girls for playing much better and taking care of the ball tonight. Senior leader Danielle Kreitzer stepped up not only  offensively but defensively as well by charting four kills and six digs. Paris Gruber did a nice job at the net for us tonight. I think this will do a lot for her confidence moving forward. Taylor Kirkpatrick stepped up as well with four digs and eight assists. Taylor shared some of the setting duties tonight and did a nice job. We'll need her presence down the stretch and into the tournament.”

But South was not done yet they next had a match against Ansonia.  And again South prevailed in straight sets to get yet another solid victory:  25-16, 25-17, 25-10. Coach Roberts was asked for comment after the game, “Gentry Gates lead the way us tonight with seven digs, twelve assiss, five kills, a solo block and seven blocks kept in play. It was an outstanding performance by Gentry - I like to see many more matches like this one where she takes control. Skyler Lain had a nice night in her supportive role by charting fiveaces, 9 digs and four kills. Caitlyn Meyer tallied five digs and five kills.”

It must relief for South to get back into the win column not once but twice. And hopefully the program is peaking at the right time.  The state tournament is right around the corner and they could have a chance to surprise a team or two.  

Dixie Falls to Waynesville




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Dixie suffered their second defeat in a row against Waynesville.  As they did the prior week, Dixie raced out to an early lead, but the defending league champs ground them down.   Waynesville used both a spread offense and a two back offense to attack Dixie.  They successfully used both the pass and run to keep Dixie on the ropes.  Although Waynesville had the bigger, better team, Dixie did not help their cause as mistakes aided the Waynesville cause. 

Penalties were a factor - didn’t get the official stats, but Dixie easily had twice the penalty yardage as their opponents.  And several of these penalties came at the wrong time.  Holding penalties and offsides that put the Dixie offense into long yardage situations.  Then in the second half when Dixie was gunning – trying to get back into the game they got bit by the turnover bug, throwing two more interceptions.  When playing against a caliber of team like Waynesville you can’t afford any mistakes.

So overall Waynesville would still have won the game, but take away some of the untimely penalties and turnovers and then score would have been more respectable.  Dixie was able to move the ball in between the 20’s but a stingy Waynesville defense combined with the afore mentioned misque’s kept Dixie out of the endzone the rest of the night.  Logan Watts had a good game at receiver with several nice catches and Ryan Jordan had a decent night carrying the ball.  Dustin Bartrum on defense had an interception as did Luke Bowling.  Brody Queen had a couple of sacks.

Dixie’s score was late in the first quarter.  Waynesville had punted the ball to the Dixie 24.  Ryan Jordan had a nice carry of about 30 yards to midfield.  A few plays later and Greg Leonard caught a Luke Bowling pass for a 42 yard gain and touchdown.  But that lead was short lived as Waynesville turned around on their next drive and connected on a long pass of their own for a touchdown and connected on the extra point for a 7-6 lead.   Waynesville had the next 2 scores in the second quarter.   Dixie had a chance to score just before halftime when Luke Bowling intercepted a Waynesville pass deep in Dixie territory.  The Hounds quickly advanced to the Waynesville 19.  But at a critical time the quarterback Bowling had to come out for one play to get an open cut addressed.  A sack was taken, then another sack and suddenly it was 4th and 23 and Dixie gave up the ball on downs.

Waynesville would score 3 more times in the second half,  one of these off of a blocked punt.  It would end up a 42 – 6 win for the Spartans.  Commented Coach Watson, “I thought we came out and played well in the first half.  And we had some tough situations in the second half.  They came to play and really wore us down. They were a bigger, stronger team and they outlasted us.  I am proud of the players, they fought to the end – they fought every down, every play and I couldn’t ask for anything more. “

He continued, ”We drove the ball down to the 20 yard line, the 30 yard line, but we just couldn’t score.  We hurt ourselves with penalties, or we dropped passes, or our pass blocking breaks down.  It’s those small detail things that you have to do to win ball games.  We have to focus on those details for next week and rebound against Northridge. “

On Northridge, “Coach Smith at Northridge has done a good job with what he has. He has done a good job of getting the numbers up there and turning that program around.  They are a tough opponent and they are going to spread the ball out.  But I like our matchups, it’s going to be a tough job, but I think we can come out on top.”