Marion senior Amy Stoermer (4) elevates for one of her 10 kills Tuesday night against Poteet.
(Marion) – The Marion High School volleyball team had to wait until its tenth match of the season to play in its home gym, and the team’s steady improvement under first-year head coach Karen Young was on display for the Bulldog faithful Tuesday night in a 3-0 sweep of Poteet.
Marion’s only rough patch came after a red-hot start in game one. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-9 lead, but the visiting Aggies used a 12-4 run to make it a 24-21 contest before Marion scored the game-winning point.
The Bulldogs dominated the rest of the match, winning game two by a commanding 25-11 final, then slamming the door shut on Poteet with a 25-15 victory in game three.
“They did a good job,” Young said of her team’s effort. “We’re still struggling with consistency. We’re learning – there’s a lot of learning going on. I’ve still got a lot of young kids that are moving up to varsity, so it’s just gaining the rhythm and keeping the flow.”
Three of the most experienced players on the team paced Marion’s offensive attack. Varsity veterans and returning All-District performers Amy Stoermer and Robyn Young put away 10 kills apiece, and senior setter Cami Davis distributed 32 assists while sending six kills over the net herself.
Davis missed the entire 2013 season with a knee injury, but Coach Young says she is rapidly rediscovering the skills that made her an All-District setter as a sophomore in 2012.
“She’s getting there. She’s doing a good job, and she’s a great leader on the court. Love having her back.”
Cami Davis tips a ball over the net during Marion’s home opener on Tuesday.
Becca Nyul added five kills, Sally Brown finished with three, and each player recorded one block.
Having multiple players who can finish possessions and put the ball away will be key for Marion as the season progresses, according to Coach Young.
“Our offense is very versatile, and that’s a wonderful thing. Granted, we’d love to have a perfect pass every time, but it’s not always going to happen, so it’s a wonderful thing to be able to use everybody in every situation.”
Kalli Caddell was a force at the service line, delivering eight aces. Caddell and Kristin Rodriguez paced the Bulldogs defensively with six digs apiece. Ashlyn Haese added five digs and one ace, and Young collected four digs.
The win over Poteet followed a third-place finish in the Bronze Bracket of the Wimberley Tournament last week, and pushed Marion’s record to .500 at 5-5.
The Bulldogs head back on the road Friday for another busy tournament weekend, this time in Devine. Young sees an opportunity to keep developing the most critical element for a successful season.
“Confidence – little by little, building confidence. We’ve come a long way in just a week-and-a-half, so just a little bit at a time. Keep repping it, keep repping it.”