A tough loss in the South-West Conference finals did not derail the Weston High volleyball team in its quest for a different championship.
The Trojans, who lost 3-0 to Joel Barlow in the league title match, directed their attention to the state Class M tournament when they hosted Bethel four days later on Saturday, Nov. 10. Despite a few serving difficulties here and there Weston made up form them with other aspects of their game for a 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-11) win in the second round.
“For our next practice they were focused.” said Weston head coach Jamie Charles, citing her team’s determination. “They were ready to go.”
Weston, which defeated Bethel in the second match of the season, remained wary that its opponent had also improved by then. The Wildcats gave the hosts a battle for the entire first game, which featured a number of ties and lead changes.
A kill by Savannah Carpenter opened up Weston’s biggest lead at 16-12 and it held a 21-18 advantage a short while later, forcing the Wildcats to call time-out.
The Trojans faulted on a couple of serves and the it was soon tied at 23-23. A hitting error on Bethel’s part returned the serve to Weston and Carpenter’s kill secured the win.
“We had enough to get the job done,” said Charles. “But they know they can perform better.”
Taking the lead early in the next contest, the Trojans held it the rest of the way. A five-point service run by Fran Holmes, including an ace, put the hosts up by 10 (18-8). Anna Hengelbrok’s aces brought the Trojans to game point and they won it on an errant Bethel hit.
Weston never trailed in the final game, jumping out to a 11-3 lead with the help of a five-point service run by Sydney Weiss. She added a kill a short while later to make it 22-11 and the Trojans closed out the match on the serve of Holmes.
Carpenter led Weston at the net with 14 kills. She also had 11 digs, as did Taylor Swanson, who also had 30 assists.
Holmes helped on the floor with 22 digs and had four kills. She served up 13 points. Justine Belport had six kills and 13 digs.
Weiss had 11 service points with seven digs and Hengelbrok had seven digs with six points. Kelly Babcock had three service points for Weston, now 17-3 overall. It continues the state tournament this week.