Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sound Premier Volleyball Team Survive and Early Onslaught By M.O.B. To Earn Their First Showcase Victory of 2013

Jane Collymore led the Sound Premier Volleyball Team with 11 kills against the M.O.B
Image Courtesy of Dig That Shot Photography

The Sound Premier Volleyball Team defeated the M.O.B. in all four sets played at Lake Stevens Volleyball Training Center on Saturday night.  The match was the first against an opponent for The Sound whose only previous showcase event was an inter-squad scrimmage on February 22 in Puyallup.  106 fans came out for the match against M.O.B and were treated to a highly competitive event.  

The M.O.B took control of the first set behind the powerful hitting of former Sound PVL player Jenny Freed, who led all hitters on the night with 17 kills, but it was the outside hitting duo of former USA National Team member Jane Collymore and reigning Greater Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year Marlayna Geary who combined for 13 kills in the first set and led the Sound to a narrow 27-25 comeback victory.  

Sound Head Coach Bill Neville, adjusted the line-up for the second set giving players a chance to be looked at in different combinations as he mulls over the team selection for the teams upcoming trip to Spokane for their first ever regular season Premier Volleyball League Match on March 29.  Sara Bendorf and Lindsey Denman replaced Collymore and Geary and the M.O.B took advantage of some early serve receive problems as the pair got up to speed.  

The big blocking duo of Jessica VanZant and Katie Silliman combined for five blocks in the second set and Vanzant added four kills to keep the Sound in the match through their struggles.  At the end, it was the savvy play of setter Gretchen Killebrew that put away the M.O.B with a couple of dump kills.  The Sound earned a 25-23 victory to take a two set lead into the intermission.  

After the intermission, which featured a serving for prizes contest for the junior players in attendance, Neville again shuffled his line-up.  Collymore returned to the match and teamed with Bendorf.  Whitney Buck returned to the match as setter and Deviny Mo made an appearance playing Opposite. 

In midst of all of the changes, it was the defensive duo of Jessica Hansen and Leilani Ramsey (both playing libero) who stole the show in set three.  Their adjustments to the M.O.B hitters produced a series of crowd pleasing digs and provided the Sound a more comfortable victory than in the first two sets.  

With the result of the best of five series decided, the teams agreed to play one more set to allow coach Neville the chance to look at a couple more combinations and give his team additional quality competition ahead of the trip to Spokane.  The Sound responded with their best effort of the night.  As a team they earned 18 of their 25 points on 13 kills, four blocks and one ace while committing very few errors.  

Next up for the Sound Premier Volleyball Team is a Pair of Premier Volleyball League regular season matches against the Evergreen Region PVL Team.  The first will be March 29 at Reese Court on the Campus of Eastern Washington University.  The second match of the home and home series will be at the Lake Stevens Volleyball Training Center on April 13.