By Ethan Spozarski
The Waynesburg Volleyball team secured a win against Pitt Greensburg on Thursday, winning in 4 sets.
The Yellow Jackets went back and forth with the Bobcats, as they won the first set 26-24, the second set 25-23, lost the third set 25-23, and won the fourth and final set 25-16.
Senior Alexys Marsh led the team with 12 kills on Thursday. Marsh explained how good the preparation of the team was heading into this match.
“We came out prepared and really went after it tonight,” Marsh said. “After our last match we worked really hard and it paid off.”
Marsh also had two aces and 13 digs. Freshman Paige Mortimore was second on the team with seven kills and sophomore Emma Hyatt had five kills. Mortimore also had two blocks.
Marsh said that what the Yellow Jackets needed to work on was controlling what they could control.
“Personally I feel I played really hard, especially with these conference games,” Marsh said.
Coach Emily Grossman said the team improved in many ways from their last match, a loss against La Roche in three sets on Tuesday.
“I liked the communication; we didn’t let up when we were down,” Grossman said. “We were able to narrate the play more, and the girls had a better sense of trust between all of them and played more together.”
Grossman said Marsh is one player who has really played well this season and stood out tremendously.
“She is our most consistent player,” Grossman said. “That is why I keep her on for six rotations. She truly can do it all, and she is always striving to become a better player and leader on this team.”
The PAC is rolling out a new rule this season for volleyball. Conference games will not count on the conference record until October.
“This is going to be interesting,” Grossman said. “It is the first year we are doing this and it puts more weight on our matches, especially in October.”
Pitt Greensburg showed resilience throughout all four sets.
Senior Emma Halutick led the Bobcats with 13 kills along with 12 digs. Freshman Sydney Haysley had 10 kills, four aces, and 15 digs.
As a team, Pitt-Greensburg had more kills, assists, and digs than Waynesburg.
Grossman said that even though the team was pleased with their result tonight, there are still things her team has to work on.
“We have to focus on controlling our errors. Too many times we hit the ball into the net or out of bounds,” Grossman said. “Work on the basics and keep the ball in play.”
The Yellow Jackets will be back in action this Saturday, in a doubleheader at Meadville, Pa. Waynesburg kicks off with a match against Allegheny at 11a.m. and then face Mt. Aloysius at 1 p.m.