Girls Volleyball Triumphs over Montgomery
This past Monday, the Girls Varsity Volleyball team defeated Montgomery Township High School in their first game of the season, winning two sets in a best out of three.
This past Monday, the Girls Varsity Volleyball team defeated Montgomery Township High School in their first game of the season, winning two sets in a best out of three. After a loss against Germantown Academy in the first game of the season, the team was determined to regain footing on its home court. Supported by an energetic crowd, Lawrenceville won two straight sets, outscoring Montgomery 25-22 in both.
In the first set, the girls focused on communication to gain the upper hand. Co-Captain Ashley Warren ’20 said that the team felt very “coherent” on the court, and made sure everyone moved fluidly, avoiding minor mistakes that could change the tide of the game. On defense, the team excelled behind the leadership of Devon Cole ’20, the team’s libero. Responsible for setting up offensive attacks, Coles aimed her digs strategically, allowing her front-row team members to gain kills. Ending the first set, Sara Xu ’22, a middle hitter, hit a kill off of Cole’s dig, utilizing communication and accurate passing to win the set point.
In the second set, the team’s ability to cover their hitters during a spike gave them the advantage. Covering is when the two teammates next to the hitter currently spiking the ball crouch beside the hitter to protect against potential blocks from the opponent. This helped Lawreneville keep rallies longer, and acted as a counterattack to Montgomery’s blockers. Warren added, “the spotlight should be on our defense for the whole game [...] it was really a highlight to see us come together and [stay strong] defensively.” Lawrenceville kept its composure when the score was going back and forth, always making sure to win the next point if Montogomery tied the score. Keeping the energy up, the team finished strong to close the game out. Looking ahead, Warren is excited for the team to build more fluidity, especially when encountering new plays and picking up stray balls. Furthermore, she hopes to continue the team’s momentum with regard to communication throughout their games. One of Warrens's goals for the season is to win the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Tournament. “It would be really special, especially with the young team we have to build off of now,” she said.