Erwin outlasted Smoky Mountain 25-6, 21-25, 23-25, 25-14, 15-11 in a non-conference volleyball match Aug. 28 at the SM gym.
“We battled the second and third sets and first half of the fifth set,” Coach Megan Dezarn said. “It just came down to us making too many errors. We’re killing ourselves right now with the needless mistakes we’re making – the ones we can control. We’ve got to be able to cut down on those mistakes and take better advantage of our offensive opportunities.”
The Lady Mustangs (1-4) led 10-8 in the fifth set after Faith Shuler served three points, including an ace, to go with Carley Raleigh’s kill. Erwin finished the match on a 7-1 run.
The first set was not remotely competitive. SM’s only points came on side outs, and the Lady Warriors scored the last eight points.
Erwin led the second set 10-6 after scoring five straight points. Shuler’s five points, including an ace, and Parris’ kill put the Lady Mustangs up 13-11. Gamble served three straight aces for a 17-12 margin, and she also served the set’s last point.
The Lady Warriors served the first three points of the third set. They stayed in front until Kennedy Stewman reeled off nine points, including four aces. Shuler put down two kills and Melanie Hoyle had one in the spurt. Erwin quickly tied it 15-15 with six straight points, but SM moved back in front 22-21 as Gamble served three points, including an ace, and Parris had a kill. Raleigh served the final point with Melanie Hoyle and Charlee Haney combining for a block.
In the fourth set, the Lady Warriors took a 13-5 lead with four unanswered points and stayed in front the rest of the way. SM’s best run was three points by Parris leaving the deficit 17-11.
Shuler had 10 service points. She was perfect in 15 serves as was Gamble. Stewman served 93.8 percent, followed by Parris at 92.3. Team serving was 89 percent.
The Lady Mustang JVs are 3-2 after a 25-13, 25-12 win.
“Everyone played well and everyone got to play,” Coach Melissa Hill said. “Our serve receive looked really good. We were able to set because we had good passes and our hitters were then able to hit.”
She said Aiden Nicholson served well.