Lady Saints drill two opponents
Getting 16 kills and six blocks from Becca Roepe, the Saint Paul Lady Saints' volleyball team had little trouble in winning its season-opening match last week Tuesday at Knob Noster. The Lady Saints registered a 25-9, 25-10 victory.
"Overall, we came out and played very well for the first game of the season," SPLHS head coach Aaron Marsh said. "Our serving was a big key as we stayed consistent and served deep, which made it hard for them to bring the ball back."
Gabby Kueck added four kills, Anna Colwell three kills and two aces, Tiffany Bennett two spikes and three digs and Shannon Peters two kills and 22 assists.
"The girls came out with a good energy which I think helped our defensive effort," Marsh said.
Two nights later, the Lady Saints were tested but came through with another straight-set victory, 25-18, 25-13 at Higginsville.
Roepe again paced the power game with 12 kills and four blocks. Bennett accumulated six spikes and five digs.
Despite the straight-set win, Marsh knows his team can play better.
"This was a very inconsistent game for our team," he said. "We had moments where we would play well and then others where we did not pass well at all," he said. "We showed good character and found ways to score when it was not necessarily flowing as smoothly as we would like."
Colwell and Peters each had three kills, with Peters distributing 17 assists. Kueck registered six saves.
"Our serving was also not at the level we need it to be," Marsh said. "We missed seven serves when we need to be around two or three."
Still, it was a win.
"Overall, it was a good effort to come away with a solid win against a district team and yet showed areas where we can still improve and grow as a team," Marsh said.