Volleyball: Conference playoffs are next stop

Weston High’s Justine Belport sets the ball during a varsity volleyball match last Friday, Oct. 19. Weston defeated Oxford 3-0.—Scott Mullin photo

With the regular season almost complete the Weston High varsity volleyball team has still a few kinks to work out as it prepares for the South-West Conference playoffs.

The Trojans, who have won 10 straight matches, had some communication issues when they visited Brookfield last Wednesday, Oct. 17. Despite getting another sweep, they had to hang on near the end for a 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 28-26) win.

“This isn’t a game that is going to be handed to you,” said Weston head coach Jamie Charles. “You have to earn this game tonight. I knew they were going to be a very solid team, they pushed us, and luckily we got the win.”

Weston use two 4-0 runs at the start of the first game to make it 9-3. Brookfield then started chipping away and made it set close, getting to within three (17-14), but Weston closed out the win.

Brookfield held a lead in the second set but Weston tied the score at 10-10. The game went back and forth and was tied at 16-16 when Weston went on a 7-0 run. Brookfield scored only one more point after that and the visitors were soon up 2-0 in games.

The third game was the closest of the evening, Weston started well, going up 5-1 before the Bobcats battled back to tie it at 7-7. The score would remain close for the remainder of the game.

Weston was at match point (24-21) when Brookfield went on a 4-0 run to make it 25-24 and it also failed to close things at that point. The Trojans tied it up at 26-26 and scored two straight to close it out.

“Brookfield is a solid team, and they got some momentum,” said “Charles. “I have six seniors on the court and they still lose their confidence sometimes. It’s really a game of momentum, and just having the confidence to make the plays. We’re not talking, we’re making some mistakes. I think they just got a little nervous and you can see it in their play.”

Savannah Carpenter had eight service points for Weston. She led at the net with 10 kills and on the floor with 14 digs.

Fran Holmes also had eight points to go with six kills and 11 digs. Anna Hengelbrok served up eight points as well with five kills and five digs.

Taylor Swanson had 26 assists. Justine Belport finished with seven kills and eight digs while Sydney Weiss had four points and four digs.

“There are no reasons for balls to fall on the court, another thing I saw especially this third game we are getting surprised by balls, we are sticking an arm out here and there,” said Charles. “I reminded them during the time-out during the end of the third match that when the ball is in play from the other team they all have to be zoned in. We are getting caught off guard on defense.”

Hosting Oxford on Friday, Weston again had a strong start to the match. The Wolverines made it more of a contest later before the holds won 3-0 (25-7, 25-23, 25-20).

Carpenter served up 13 points (four aces) to go with seven kills and eight digs. Hengelbrok also had a strong serving match with 12 points (four aces) and had three kills and five digs. Belport had four service points, four kills and six digs.

Swanson had 15 assists and three digs. Both Holmes and Weiss had six digs apiece.

Weston, now 12-2 overall and 10-2 in the SWC, finishes the regular season this week before starting the playoffs on Monday at home against an opponent to be determined.

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