Century volleyball coach Bryan Trumbo said volleyball, like any sport, is a game of momentum.
It’s also a very forgiving sport, he said. One play can look amazing while the very next one can be the complete opposite. Using short term memory loss to forget the mistakes and not lose focus is key when transitioning to the next play.
The Knights opened county play at home against Francis Scott Key and defeated the Eagles in straight sets, 24-21, 25-18, 25-21, but the visiting team gave Century a few close calls.
“There were times we had all the momentum in the world and there were times where we lost it,” Trumbo said. “A sign of a good team is not letting another team gain that momentum and keep it. At times we showed our youth where we would be up 22-11 and all of a sudden its 22-18. Overall, we were able to respond and gain momentum and communicate well.”
The Knights (2-0, 1-0 county) kept their momentum swinging through the majority of the first set and used a kill from junior outside hitter Carol Mastria to gain a 22-11 lead over the Eagles. FSK, however, found its offensive push with scoring runs of three and six straight points to get to within four of the Knights at 24-20.
FSK freshman outside hitter Savannah Brooks dug deep to keep the Eagles alive early in the second set, but an ace from junior libero Ally Everton put Century up 6-1.
Karla Stonesifer and Makayla Orwig notched two blocks together to help the Eagles stay close at 18-15, but the Knights prevailed in the second set.
The first point of the second and third sets were scored by FSK, but the Eagles couldn’t regain the lead in the second. They did, however, do so in the third after capitalizing on a Century mishap to pick up an 8-7 lead early. The Eagles stayed within one to two points of the Knights through most of the set, but Century used a 5-0 run to build a 20-13 lead.
Century sophomore Maria Acaron hit the match point, her seventh kill on the night, to secure the victory.
“I thought during times where we were down and they got on a winning point streak,” Everton said. “I think we did a good job responding quick enough where we could respond in time to win the set.”
The Knights lost five starters to graduation last year, but have been putting those pieces back together with the help of Everton and Mastria, two of the team’s veterans.
Mastria notched 13 kills on and Acaron had seven kills. Freshman middle hitter Eva Brandt had five kills.
“I think we have good chemistry,” Mastria said. “We’re a young team so a lot of people are going through the same thing.”
Junior Jocelyn Snader notched 16 digs for the Eagles (1-1, 1-1). Senior Tiffany Green collected three aces and seven assists and Brooks registered four kills.
Caroline Kennel had 29 assists and the Eagles put up 16 total blocks as a unit.
“FSK is definitely an up and coming team with talent that they haven’t had in previous years,” Trumbo said. “They really pushed so we had those big leads and everything but we knew in the back of our minds that they have it in them to really push us. By the end of the season they’re going to be a team that is definitely going to upset some teams for sure.”