Class A No. 7-ranked Pioneer swept county rival Lewis Cass in three, 25-10, 25-19, 25-17, in volleyball action Monday at Walton.
Pioneer coach Rod Nies knew it was going to be a tough match.
“I told the girls before the match, ‘This is probably one of the better Cass teams that they have had since Abby Ropes,’” Nies said. “The girls came out firing on all cylinders. Our defense got a lot of touches on blocks, serve receptions and digs, keeping the ball in play. I am pleased with the effort in the last two matches. In the South Newton match, we shuffled the lineup a bit to rest some girls. The girls responded, so I am very pleased. We looked as sharp as we have been all season. We beat a solid Cass team.”
Riley Morris had a nice match for Pioneer (16-6) with 21 assists, six service points, three digs and two aces. Sarah Dorris had 13 kills, 12 digs, four points and two aces. Shelby Roller had 16 assists, five points and four digs. Kelsey Hill contributed 10 points, six digs and three aces. Kayte Miller had 13 points and six digs. Megan Smith had 11 digs and six points. Hannah Tevis had nine kills, followed by Maddie Kiser with eight and Bailey Storey with six.
Cass coach Gretchen Crum wasn’t happy with her team’s play.
“We played very poorly in the first set,” Crum said. “We hung around a bit in the other two sets, but we just never got going with anything aggressive. Our serving was accurate, but no pace on the ball, and our serve receive was not up to par. Not to take anything away from Pioneer’s serve. They can pick you apart serving to zone. We need to go back in the gym [today] and work on serve receive and some things on offense. We also need to try to stay healthy with some kids feeling under the weather [Monday].”