Coming off a strong performance at the Chillicothe Tournament, the Bishop LeBlond volleyball team didn’t let up against Lathrop with a resounding 2-0 sweep on Tuesday at Grace Gymnasium.
Freshman Abbey Conz talked about how even decisive wins help build momentum.
“It’s good for us, because we’ve had a roller coaster of games. It means a lot of us to be able to compete and grow and keep those wins coming,” Conz said. “Playing teams like this really helps us get better as players, and competitively it helps us get closer to our goal everyday.”
In the first set, Leblond (9-3) made quick work of Lathrop (4-5-1), beating the Mules 25-9 as they struggled to set up attacks.
“We talk about going out and taking care of what needs to happen on our side of the net and worrying less about what they need to do,” Eagles coach Kim Huss said. “We know there are some things every single set when we go out that we have to be in control of statistically, and so in the first set we did a better job of that.”
While tipping the hat to LeBlond’s effort, Lathrop coach Nita Lewis couldn’t help be disappointed in her team’s inability to capitalize on scoring opportunities.
“I think this is the first match we’ve had with that many hitting errors. Serving and receiving wise we were a little off, but not like we’ve been in the past. We got in a big hole and couldn’t dig ourselves out,” Lewis said. “I’ll give LeBlond credit, they hustle after every ball. But we didn’t really even make them work tonight. We have to go back to the drawing board and keep working and keep fighting.”
The second set followed a similar trajectory prior to substitutions by Bishop LeBlond late in the set, though they ultimately still managed the win.
On a team led by seniors, Huss noted the importance of getting underclassmen game time.
“We’re just trying to work on our consistency, and get the young kids with less experience a little more experience so in a game like this is nice to put some subs in and get that experience for those other players.”
With a solid stretch of performances as of late, Huss focuses on keeping the same pace through the next few weeks.
Facing several ranked teams in the upcoming Bishop LeBlond Tournament, they’re going to need to be at their best.
“I hope we’re hitting our stride. Everybody wants to win games and that’s why we do what we do, but I think what’s most important is who is playing their best in the second week of October,” Huss said. “We’re not gonna get too concerned until we get through these next couple of tournaments. We have our home tournament here next Saturday and it’s going to be a tough tournament.”