Power game carries Liberty

No. 2 Lions hang on to stop Winters Mill

Volleyball

October 13, 2006|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

When it comes to serving, Liberty volleyball coach Dave Trumbo has a straightforward philosophy.

"We preach no risk, no reward," he said.

Second-ranked Liberty showed both ends of the spectrum last night in a 25-10, 25-21, 25-19 win over visiting No. 8 Winters Mill. Despite one of their poorest serving nights of the season statistically, the Lions used 10 aces and numerous other hard serves to keep the Falcons on their heels most of the night in putting away their Carroll County rivals in just 58 minutes.

"If you're going to lollipop the serves ... you're going to eat them," said Trumbo, whose team misfired on 13 of its 72 attempts.

"I know we missed a lot of serves ... but the way we served, just the power we had behind them really helped," outside hitter Melissa Stans-bury said. "We want to be as aggressive as we can, serving to the gaps, serving to the weaker players and just definitely putting a lot of power under the ball."

Liberty (10-0 overall, 4-0 county) did that with juniors Rachel Koehler and Katie Dell collecting four aces each, and also helping to create free balls to set up big hitters) Stansbury (nine kills, two blocks), Sam Walters (six kills, one block) and Alex Mercer (five kills).

Setter Ashleigh Swiontek led the team with 22 assists.

The Lions set the tone, running out to a 14-3 lead in game one, then trailing only briefly in each of the next two games before pulling out both with strong finishes.

It was far from the outcome Winters Mill coach Shelly Katzef could have anticipated.

"I think we made critical errors at critical times, and I really thought that was the difference," said Katzef, whose team dropped to 6-3 overall, 0-2 in the county. "I think my team came out and in the first game maybe was a little bit shaky."

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