Lady Trojans sweep Lady ‘Kees, pick up fifth straight victory
Morristown West’s Claire McDonald, left, and Jecca Simerly, right, attempt a block against South-Doyle during an IMAC volleyball match inside Michael R. Reed Gymnasium, Tuesday.
The start of the Inter Mountain Conference volleyball postseason is just a few weeks away, and the Morristown West Lady Trojans are hitting their stride at the right time.
That was the assessment of West coach Heather Kelley after her team defeated the South-Doyle Lady Cherokees Tuesday night 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-14).
“We are peaking at the right time,” Kelley said of the Lady Trojans impressive outing against the Lady Cherokees.
Kelley said that West was a little slow in the beginning but eventually turned things around.
“South-Doyle had a good middle, and I think that maybe early on we just came out and went through the motions,” Kelley said “We weren’t focused like we should have been, and South-Doyle did a good job in the first game.
“Once we made some adjustments to the middle, the game kind of came to us.”
With the win, the Lady Trojans improve to 9-2 in IMAC play and 16-12 overall.
Jasmine Williams continued her stellar play, as she finished the match with eight kills and seven blocks. Abbe Craine had eight kills and 14 digs, Claire McDonald had 24 assists and 12 service points and Tia Dailey also added 12 service points. Hannah Beth Moorhouse had 15 digs in a good defensive effort.
“Jasmine is really growing and developing for us,” Kelley said of her sophomore. “Her big sport is basketball, but I am trying to make her a believer in volleyball. She is really coming around. and she has been a great addition to our team.”
The first game was the only one of the three that was close throughout. West led 16-12 before South-Doyle came back to knot the score at 17. The Lady Trojans recovered and went on to win the first game, 25-18.
Game two saw West jump out to a 10-2 lead and that set the tone for the rest of the evening. The Lady Trojans built a commanding 24-8 lead, needing just one more point to win the game, but South-Doyle reeled off seven straight points before West prevailed, 25-15.
The third and final game was almost a carbon copy of game two. West jumped out to a big lead, this time at a 16-6 clip. The Lady Trojans finished the Lady Cherokees off by winning the game, 25-14.
-By Marlin Curnutt, Tribune Correspondent