A peek at the future
Marines show their resiliency in loss to West De Pere
Thursday, September 26, 2013 7:00 PM
MARINETTE - For one game, at least, the Marinette Marine volleyball team gave a glimpse of its potential.
Marinette's Taylor Ewaldt tips a shot over a West De Pere blocker Thursday night in the P.F. Neverman Gym.
The Marines lost 10-25, 14-25, 25-23,13-25 in a Bay Conference home match against West De Pere. Instead of rolling over after losing two lopsided games, the Marines regrouped.
"I'm pleased," Marinette coach John Swick said. "Obviously I'm never happy with a loss. It's too matches in a row where we're starting to put it together."
Tied at 6 in the first game, the Phantoms quickly pulled away. Marinette briefly led the second game 5-3 on Olivia Alloy's spike kill, but West De Pere won 11 of the next 13 points.
In Game 3, Taylor Ewaldt's tip kill broke a 6-6 tie. Then, she served an ace for an 8-6 Marine lead.
Taylor Bebo served up five straight aces, and Alloy hit two straight spike kills as Marinette opened up a 16-7 lead.
West De Pere came back to take the lead, but Alloy served two aces and the Marines won the game.
"Much improved serving," Swick said. "We are communicating better. We are starting to handle the ball better. That's affording us the opportunity to extend points."
Ewaldt had two aces, two kills, three blocks and seven assists. Erin Judkins contributed seven assists, Maria Messer and Bebo each had six digs, and Alloy hit six spike kills.
"I'm hoping we're building something," Swick said. "It feels like we are."
The Marine junior varsity won two epic games for a 19-25, 28-26, 27-25 victory. Teya Lambie had four aces and two kills and Amy Genisot added three aces.
The Marine freshmen won 25-18, 25-12, 25-23. Megan Conley served nine aces.