By Carey Phillips
Pisgah downed Smoky Mountain 25-10, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23 in the Mountain Seven Conference volleyball opener last Thursday at Canton.
“In the first set we almost sat back and watched to see what they were going to throw at us,” Coach Melissa Hill said. “We came back out in the second set and turned it around and did a great job. We got our timing down. We had some fabulous blocks and some great digs. We’ve just got to work on not letting the other team get such a big lead. We also have to stick to our game plan. We were tipping too many balls in the middle of the court and not hitting to our strengths, but we are learning.”
The outcome of the first set was never in doubt as the Sugar Bears scored the first six points and used a 5-0 spurt to lead 14-3.
SM’s Alexa Anderson served the first four points of the second set, and the Lady Mustangs (3-2, 0-1) maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the way. The set ended on Greenlee Flynn’s block for a side out.
Pisgah scored four straight points early in the third set to take the lead for good at 6-3. Another 4-0 run made it 24-19 before the set ended on a service error for a side out.
Four consecutive points put the Sugar Bears up 10-3 in the fourth set. Flynn served four points, including two aces, cutting the gap to 16-15, but SM was never able to take the lead.
Flynn put down 11 kills. Anderson had 16 assists and 14 digs. Olivia Rice led in digs with 23, and Kennedy Stewman had 16.
Anderson and Macy Wike both had seven service points. Anderson served 93.3 percent, followed by Wike at 92.9 and Stewman at 91.7. Team serving was 88.6 percent.
The Lady Mustang JVs fell to 2-3 with a 25-22, 25-12 loss.
“We started off very competitive working as a team,” Coach Gabby Nelson said. “In the second set we didn’t look like a team and started playing very sloppy. We did well hitting the ball when we had opportunities, but we did not do as good passing. That’s something we can improve on and get better for the next game.”