By Matt Baide
ROCHESTER — The Indians had a 2-1 lead over Rochester here on Wednesday night, but the Warriors were able to battle back and earn a 3-2 win over Toledo in nonleague volleyball action.
“I was really proud of them,” Rochester coach Wendy Hawes said. “We were up and down, (and) corrected some mistakes.”
Senior hitter Britney Rogers, she added, did a great job converting her chances.
“They were just a great team, picking up a lot of scraps that we weren’t putting away,” Hawes said. “At the end, we stayed consistent and I think we wanted it more.”
Rogers had eight kills for the Warriors, while teammate Paige Winter had a team-high 11 kills. Bethany Hawes had a team-high nine digs and Emily Morris led the Warriors with six aces.
Rochester took an early lead in the first set. Toledo took the lead midway through, but the Warriors streaked late to take the first set, 25-20. Toledo led early in the first set, but Rochester tied the game at 11. It was back and forth, but the Indians scored the final two points for a 25-23 set win and evened the match at 1-1.
It was all Toledo in the third set, taking an early lead and never looking back with a 25-16 set win. Rochester answered and dominated the fourth set, 25-15, to force a fifth set.
The Warriors scored the first six points of the fifth set, but Toledo slowly chipped away at the lead and cut the Rochester advantage to 13-12. But the Warriors scored the next two points to take the match.
“We made lots of improvement. Our jamboree, we were getting out the jitters, and I wasn’t as happy with our performance,” Hawes said. “Today, we came together as a team and that’s all that counts. Everybody on the bench was up and cheering for us. We had a good crowd.”
Rochester (1-0) is right back on the court today as they travel to face Eatonville in a nonleague contest. Toledo will play on Saturday at the Centerville Tournament in Centralia.
Wednesday’s Prep Volleyball: Rochester Holds Off Toledo in Five Sets
By Matt Baide