Unbeaten Poly bests Western


September 28, 2006|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Reporter

Poly senior Erin Cox was pretty happy about last night's volleyball victory at Western, but she won't celebrate too much right now.

"I won't be satisfied until we win the city championship," Cox said.

Last night's 29-27, 29-27, 21-25, 25-12 victory was the Engineers' second straight regular-season win over the Doves, but Western came back last year to win a grueling five-game city title match.

Cox, a 5-foot-8 outside hitter who had 12 kills and did not miss a serve, said the Engineers (5-0) had not forgotten about last time.

"There was a lot of revenge in this," Cox said. "We wanted to come out here and beat them in three, but it didn't work, so we made it four and we beat them by an even better score [in the fourth game]."

The city's hottest volleyball rivalry once again lived up to its billing - a well-played match on both sides featuring powerful hits, acrobatic digs and constant momentum shifts. Neither team managed a run of more than six points and there were several long rallies fueled by terrific defensive plays.

The Engineers couldn't put the match away in three games, even though Western's top hitter, Brooke Wilson, sat out after hitting her head on the floor.

Poly, however, lost focus and Western (4-1) got 17 of its third-game points on the Engineers' unforced errors.

But in the final game, Poly came on strong, running up a 16-5 lead on big hitting from Andrea Robinson, who had seven of her 12 kills in the fourth game.

Robinson, a 5-7 outside hitter, said that in the break between games, "We said, `Let's finish it.' We've seen it before and it's always taken longer than what we need and it's just mental mistakes. We gave away too many points."

The Engineers also got seven kills from Elisha Clayton and five from Jasmine Keene. Western's 6-1 Taquisha Richardson had 11 kills to lead her team, and setter Shatera Kimbrough had 19 assists.


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