South Carroll volleyball coach Debbie Eaton said her team has been streaky much of the season. Last night was no different.
South Carroll got strong performances from Nicole Spencer and Erica Bouthner and rode several streaks to score a 15-9, 15-12, 10-15, 15-7 victory over visiting Westminster in a Carroll County match.
The Cavaliers had several good stretches. They scored six straight in the first game, eight straight between the second and third games and eight of the first nine in the fourth game.
"We always play with streaks, especially with serves," Eaton said.
"When we serve well, we play well."
That certainly was the case in the early moments of the fourth game. Westminster had just rallied from a 5-0 deficit to score a 15-10 victory in the third game, slicing the South Carroll lead to two games to one.
Bouthner then came up with several strong serves to enable South Carroll (4-3, 2-1) to take a 5-0 lead. The quick start seemed to fire up the Cavaliers.
"We just tried to get excited," Spencer said. "We just tried to get it going."
South Carroll never let Westminster (6-2, 1-1) get closer than four in the last game. Westminster crept to within 11-7, but the Cavaliers scored the last four points.
Several South Carroll players turned in strong performances, but Bouthner (11 points) and Spencer (nine) led in scoring.
The Cavaliers also got big matches from Melanie Zahn and Melissa Gettemy. Zahn's blistering serve was on all night, and Gettemy made big plays all over the court.
A lack of big plays hurt Westminster. The Owls struggled much of the match, never really getting into the flow of it.
"We just made too many mistakes," said Westminster coach Karol Brown. "We never got any momentum going."
Brown said the team was hurt by the loss of starter Jaime Wheat, who suffered an ankle injury in warm-ups and had to go to the hospital for treatment.
South Carroll used a streak to jump ahead quickly. Behind the serving of Spencer, the Cavaliers scored six in a row to take a 7-2 lead in the opening game and coast to victory.
"We got our act together in the fourth game," Bouthner said.