HUGHESVILLE — Ashlynn Liebl’s transition to the outside is going well.
The Northwest senior has moved from the middle to the outside and it has paid off for the Lady Mustangs, who beat Otterville 25-6, 25-11 on Monday. Liebl came through with nine kills.
“She is just killing it lately,” said Lady Mustangs coach Chelsea Gieselman. “She is being a box up there. I love it. She was my middle but I liked her being on the outside better. She’s hitting really good.”
Northwest also got 13 service points and 11 digs from Megan Walk and 10 assists from Jessie Ehlers.
Northwest jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first game which Gieselman attributed to strong passing. Walk was serving during that stretch and Liebl added a pair of kills.
Northwest had several long stretches serving. Hanna Gregory took over with the Lady Mustangs leading 17-5 in game one and served the next six points. In the second game after Chelsey Frame took advantage of an over-pass to knock down a point making it 19-8, Ehlers served the next five points to get Northwest on the verge of closing out the match.
“We work on serving a lot,” Gieselman said. “That’s one of the main things I focus on.”
With Monday’s game, Otterville concludes conference play in its first season in the Kaysinger. This is just the second season Otterville has had a volleyball team.
“We’re still learning and trying to adapt to the Kaysinger,” said Lady Eagles coach Diane Shipley. “They’ve done well. We’ve actually played some of the teams pretty close. (Monday) wasn’t so close but we had some good volleys. … That’s what we want is for them to get better and get some experience. They’ve just got to keep working hard and adjusting and not getting down on themselves.”
Natalie Schoen led the Lady Eagles with three kills, three assists and six digs. Kelsey Lynn had a block. Dalanney Stone served a pair of aces. Katie Schoen had five digs.
Northwest won the junior varsity game 25-15, 25-8.
Northwest (11-18, 4-4 Kaysinger) will visit Tipton on Tuesday.
Otterville (2-16-1, 0-10 Kaysinger) will host Calhoun on Tuesday.
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