MARYVILLE, Mo. — It only took the Maryville High School volleyball team two sets to defeat visiting Mid-Buchanan Monday.
Following a second-place finish at the LeBlond Invitational, the Spoofhounds (14-4) swept the Dragons 25-20, 25-17 in a non-conference matchup.
Both sets were relatively close for the most part but a stretch of Maryville service points helped the Hounds pull away in both sets. Coach Miranda Foster said an emphasis throughout the weekend and in practice was perfecting landing their serves.
“The other day the girls had to make 100 serves on the court before they could leave,” Foster said. “It’s kind of the same mentality as free throws. That’s the one aspect of the game you can fully control and that means there should be a pretty low error percentage on our side if we want to go and win against competitive teams.”
Maryville started off slow in the first set. The Dragons hopped out to a quick 8-2 which forced Foster to use a timeout earlier than she wanted to but after the timeout, the Hounds went on 8-1 run to take the lead. It was the only timeout Maryville called the whole night.
“I try not to talk too much in generalities unless we’re doing a really good job and then I just tell them to go have fun, go get it done,” Foster said. “When we’re down I try to give them specific feedback so I think at that moment we just weren’t communicating well and needed to get our pass high into the well so we could develop our offense.”
The lead would change a couple more times before Maryville would start to pull away and eventually win the first set 25-20. The second set would follow an identical script as the Spoofhound fell down 4-0 early in the set but rebounded to take a 6-5 lead on a 6-1 scoring spree.
Mid-Buchanan wouldnt get more than a one-point lead as junior Serena Sundell would step to the service line and extend the lead for the Hounds to the point the Dragons couldn’t recover
“She is someone who I can always give a zone to and have confidence she is going to hit it,” Foster said. “There are several girls that I feel that confidence with but she’s someone I can get very specific directions to. … She’s very accurate. It’s very helpful to our serving game.”
Maryville took the final set 25-17. The Spoofhounds are back in action 7 p.m. Thursday as they host MEC foe, Benton, in hopes of getting back in the conference win column.