MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Maryville volleyball team collected a five-set win over Southwest Valley (Iowa) Tuesday at the Hound Pound.
After a match that lasted almost two hours, the Spoofhounds beat the Timberwolves 25-14, 17-25, 25-13, 20-25, 15-11.
“I think overall we hit our focuses,” Foster said. “I told the girls at the beginning of the game that our focuses are to key in on No. 9 and 14 which I thought we did. We slowed them down and got some really good touches on the block. We’ve been focusing a lot on our blocking and defense.”
Maryville got off to a quick lead in the first set as Southwest Valley called a timeout with the Spoofhounds leading 8-4. The Hounds only allowed ten more set points from there on as Maryville took the first set 25-14
The Timberwolves took the second set handly and after a third set where the Spoofhounds held Southwest Valley to one less point than in their first set win, the Timberwolves captured a closely contested fourth set to force the match into a decisive fifth set.
In the set, Maryville jumped out to a 11-9 lead and forced Southwest Valley to take a timeout nut that didn’t phase the Hounds. Another Timberwolves timeout and four serves later, Maryville was able to outlast Southwest Valley.
“There were times where our communication lacked,” Foster said. “I didn’t necessarily put that focus on them tonight so I have got to learn to lighten up whenever I do give them focuses and they are hitting those to give them praise when they do.”
As Southwest Valley is from Iowa, the stakes might not be as high as other matchups but Foster said even though they won’t see the Timberwolves again, it was fun to play against a team her squad won’t see again.
“There’s a little less pressure with the record standpoint,” Foster said. “Obviously every win counts but just to know that team isn’t in your conference or in your district is just a fun time to go out and play some other people.”
While the Spoofhounds won, the win showed Foster some areas of improvement. She said while they executed their concentrations, there were aspects that could be fixed.
“We executed the focuses I put on them and that is phenomenal,” Foster said. We didn’t do it as cleanly as I would’ve liked but to go in and get those things done is the goal.”
The Spoofhounds will hit the road and head 45 minutes to the south to St. Joseph where they will take on Bishop LeBlond in MEC action Sept. 12.
“I’ve kind of given them an outline for the entire season of what each week’s focus will be,” Foster said. “So this week and next week is offense. Just diversifying, cleaning it up, getting our tempo up.”