NEW MADISON – The Tri-Village Lady Patriots defeated the visiting Ansonia Lady Tigers 3-1 in a Thursday night CCC volleyball match.
“I don’t have many on the bench and the ones that are on there are going to play,” said Tri-Village Coach Chris Brewer. “Everybody came in and played well. I don’t want to just rely on one or two girls – I want to be balanced,”
“If you look at our stats throughout the year, we are very balanced – kills, passing, blocks,” continued Brewer. “I don’t want teams to be able to just shut one girl down and beat us.”
The Lady Patriots bolted out to an 11-1 first set lead and held off Ansonia for a 25-16 win.
“We’re a scrappy bunch,” said Ansonia Coach Michael Dean. “I’m proud of our girls – they play as a team.”
Set No. 2 saw 10 ties early in the game with the last coming at 13-13 before the Lady Tigers would outscore the home team 12-3 and even the match at 1-1 with a 25-16 win.
“Ansonia is very scrappy, hard hitting, finding the spots, finding the seams, really covered well, they played hard every point,” said Brewer. “I kind of wish we had some of that energy on defense in that second game – that would have really helped us.”
The Tri-Village girls had little trouble taking the third set of the night 25-9 and lead 2-1.
“We are young, there’s ups and downs with this young team and you just have to kind of ride with it,” Brewer said. “They are working hard to bring each other up and working hard with those younger girls to keep their heads in the game because we rely on them. We have two of them in the front row together, two freshmen and we rely on them heavily when they are up there to get blocks, get kills.”
The Lady Patriots opened the fourth game with a 7-1 lead and went on the win by a 25-18 score and take the match 3-1.
“I can’t say enough about anyone of them as a group,” said Ansonia Coach Dean. “I think we’re going to surprise some teams moving forward. We are getting better every week and that’s all I can ask of them.”
“I think they stole all the height out of the rest of Darke County,” Dean added with a chuckle. “Tri-Village has a lot of height.”
“Our offense is best when we’re up at the net and we have those big girls that can hit the ball down,” said Brewer. “What happened in the second game and some of the third game is our passes get off the net, or sets get off the net and then our big girls can’t hit the ball down so we have to work on that. The games we do that with well, I think we’re hard to beat at the net.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Maddie Downing goes to the net for the Lady Patriots in win over Ansonia. (Gaylen Blosser photo)