MARYVILLE, Mo. — After beating Mid-Buchanan two days ago, the Maryville High School volleyball team was back in action as it swept MEC foe Benton Thursday.
The Spoofhounds (15-4) beat the Cardinals 25-17, 25-23 in a two-set sweep. With the victory, Maryville collected its 15th win and have at least won 15 games a season in the last three years.
Coach Miranda Foster said her confidence never waivered throughout the match.
“At no point in that game did I think it was out of control or out of our control,” Foster said. “I had no nerves or worries, so that was pretty cool. I just knew that we were doing what we needed to do on our side and even though they did close the gap, I had no doubts.”
The Hounds found themselves in a tight match early on in the first set as no team was able to take a commanding lead over the other. Benton was able to tie up the score twice before the Spoofhounds would score four unanswered points to force a Cardinals’ timeout.
Maryville’s momentum would halt as a result of the timeout. Six of the next ten points were scored by the Spoofhounds. Benton would cut the lead to 18-11 before they would call another timeout but yet again, they wouldn’t stop Maryville’s scoring charge. The Hounds would score seven of the next 14 points to give them the 25-17 set win.
“I think everything was pretty smooth,” junior outside hitter Serena Sundell said. “I think we had a lot of confidence in ourselves, in our passes, hitting and just ball control overall.”
In the second set, Maryville fell into a quick 2-0 hole but was able to dig itself out thanks to a four-point scoring run. The teams would trade points but Benton couldn’t seem to capture the lead until the Cardinals scored five out of the next six points to take a 14-13 lead over the Spoofhounds.
Benton wouldn’t get more than a two-point lead as the teams battled back and forth swapping points until Maryville called a timeout down 18-16.
Throughout the next eight points after the timeout, the Spoofhounds were able to collect a two-point advantage and forced the Cardinals to use another timeout. The Hounds scored on the next two points out of the timeout to make the score 24-20 so with the match point looming, Benton used another timeout.
After the break in the action, the Cardinals appeared to gain some momentum. They would score on the next three points to bring the game within one until Maryville was able to capture the match point.
“On the court I felt like we were confident we were going to win the whole game,” Sundell said. “With confidence, that goes into ball control and that just makes it a lot easier to play.”
Foster said she has seen an improvement in her girls since the Lafayette game from at the service line.
“They’ve made a huge mental shift,” Foster said. “I can tell they are going back there with a purpose and thinking tactfully instead of just fearfully of just not wanting to miss.”
The Spoofhounds will be facing familiar opponents this weekend as they will be participating in the Benton Tournament Saturday in St. Joseph.