The Akron-Westfield volleyball team was slow out of the blocks against Sgt. Bluff-Luton Thursday in Akron as the Warriorettes took game one and nearly won game two. The Lady Westerners recovered from the slow start, however, to win the final three games and improve to 2-0 in the War Eagle Conference.
After losing game one 27-25, A-W regrouped for a narrow 25-21 game-two victory and closed out Sgt. Bluff with wins of 25-13 and 25-14 in the final two games of the match. Lady Westerners' coach Monica Chamberlain said that her team could not seem to put the Warriorettes away after jumping on top in each of the first two games.
"A lot of the time we got a five or six-point lead and we let them right back in for the first three games," said Chamberlain. "We continued to get that lead and let them back in, but the last two games we got the lead and kept it and Sgt. Bluff started getting frustrated."
The win kept A-W perfect on the season at 3-0 and was the team's best overall effort to date after struggling in one or more facets of the game in each of their previous two matches, according to Chamberlain.
"Everything improved from the last two games. The first two we were pretty shaky," said Chamberlain. "Blocking, hitting and our passing was perfect. Everything was great. Our defense looked spectacular. I was very impressed with the way we picked it up."
Natasia Eastman paced A-W in the win with 18 kills, eight digs and four blocks. Kashe Manley had 13 digs, seven kills and five blocks, Brittney Miller contributed eight kills and three blocks, while Tiffany DeRocher added seven kills, Desiree Heeren six digs and Shelby Johnson seven kills. Tana Colt also led the Lady Westerners in setting with 53 assists and serving with two aces on 14 of 16 attempts.
Up next on the schedule for the Lady Westerners (3-0) is their first tournament of the season - the Lady Bulldog Invite Saturday in Le Mars. A-W will open pool play at 9 a.m. against River Valley, with games to follow versus Spalding Catholic and host Le Mars Community.