CORRECTION: This story has been updated to accurately reflect Otterville’s record and previous match. The Sedalia Democrat apologizes for its error.
Looking for its first win of the season Smithton volleyball edged Otterville in two sets, 25-23, 25-20, Thursday at home.
The Tigers’ first-year head coach Lindsey Conardy said a loss Tuesday and three-set loss at Warsaw on Wednesday motivated her team against the Lady Eagles.
“I was proud of them to come out and play as hard as they did after losing those two games, and having that desire to win,” Conardy said. “They showed a lot of heart in the Warsaw game, and I know that they wanted that one so bad.”
Otterville played its second match of the season Thursday, and both teams appeared to improve as the match played on.
After exchanging service points through six games, Smithton took a 9-6 lead in set one to force an Otterville timeout. The Eagles tied the set at 9, 12 and 21 before losing the first set 25-23.
Diane Shipley, Otterville head coach, said the team cleaned up its play – especially its serving — since its first game, a two-set victory Tuesday at Bunceton. Eagles volleyball is in its third year.
“We’re trying to get past our newbie mistakes,” Shipley said. “But, even the first game, we were right there.”
Smithton led 17-7 in the second set before Otterville stormed back to tie the set at 19. Conardy said improved Smithton passing helped seal the match victory, 25-20.
“Our passing was much better tonight,” Conardy said. “The first thing we do (in practice) is our agility, and go right into passing, because passing is the number one fundamental, and it’s always a work in progress.”
Dalanney Stone had seven kills and four assists for Otterville, while Kelsey Lynn registered four digs.
Smithton (1-4) hosts Sweet Springs on Wednesday, Sept. 7 in its next match. Otterville (1-1) hosts Windsor next Tuesday.
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