Lady Jets shake off slow start; dump â€˜Busco in four
SILVER PLATTERâ€”AC setter Madi Schwartz (right) places a ball towards the net for heavy-hitter Jenni Baumer on the outside. The Lady Jets copped a four-set win over Churubusco on Tuesday night at the Hangar. (Photo by Dylan Malone)
MONROE—An under-practiced rotation and possibly some jitters forced Adams Central to drop their first game against Churubusco at the Hangar on Tuesday night in their volleyball opener.
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It proved to be only a momentary scare for the Lady Jets, however, as they would go on to win 75 of the final 111 points in the match to dominate the Eagles in four sets 25-19, 17-25, 8-25, 11-25.
Liz Luginbill stepped into the libero shoes for coach Ashley Beard's back row defense in place of three-year starter Abby Snyder who moved to outside hitter.
"We hadn't played out that rotation a lot," coach Beard noted after the match. "We had a lot of different set-ups planned for tonight to try out but the first one really worked out for us after the first game."
Snyder had been a back-row work horse for Adams Central since her freshman season and up until this week was penciled in for that spot but the AC coaching staff was forced with a few difficult decisions.
"That was the hardest decision for me to make because I love her (Snyder) as a passer but we just haven't been getting the attacks that we need from other girls we've been trying there so far," admitted coach Beard. "We moved Abby there for now but who knows, she may stay there if it continues to work for us."
The Lady Jets came out of the gate a bit flat missing opportunities to finish at the net in set one. The score was tied at 5-5 when 'Busco ran off five straight points forcing a timeout. The Jets would tie the score at 10-10 and keep the game close until 16-16 when the unforced errors and missed serves began to catch up with the squad.
The Lady Eagles closed out the first set outscoring AC 9-3 to take a surprising one-game lead. The Jets would snap out of it early in the second set and did not turn back.