St. Joseph Christian volleyball returned to its winning ways with a 2-0 victory over East Atchison on Monday.
The Lions beat the the Wolverines 25-13, 25-18, returning to the win column after a 2-0 loss to North Platte last week.
The win was Christian’s second over East Atchison this season. The two teams previously met in the East Atchison tournament championship, where the Lions won 2-1.
“Very well-coached team,” Christian coach Erin Patrick said. “They make us better. Hopefully we make them better.”
Christian (7-1) dominated in both sets, sitting on top of the scoreboard for the majority of the game. The Lions led by as many as 12 points in both sets.
“First (set) we really passed well on the serves,” Patrick said. “The second (set), they gave us a few hits, but we adjusted. Once we attack, we’re hard to dig. We served tough. We tried to serve deep on them.”
Christian started off the first set with a slim margin over the Wolverines. It eventually grew, ending on a 6-3 run to jump off to the 1-0 lead.
East Atchison stuck closer at the beginning of the second set, giving the Lions a chase. The Wolverines led twice in the beginning of the second set, but did not have more than a one-point advantage
Christian pulled away in the middle of the set, going on a 6-0 drive.
“It’s always fun to get a good pass and slam it down,” Patrick said. “That will kill that momentum. We had pulled ahead. They got a couple of girls that served really flat and low at the back.”
The Lions have the chance to meet East Atchison again on Saturday in the Nodaway-Holt Invitational.
Both teams will have games before playing in the tournament. Christian meets Mid-Buchanan at 6 p.m. tonight, while East Atchison will meet Mound City at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Christian will use its meeting with the Dragons as a chance to grow off Monday’s win.
“We’re consistent on our serving, serving it deep,” Patrick said. “There’s some things that we could do better that we can improve on.”