By Dennis Atwood - firstname.lastname@example.org
QUICKSBURG -- Erin Goodier and Allie Singleton dominated play at the net to lead Stonewall Jackson to a 3-1 (25-10, 25-22, 22-25, 25-10) volleyball match victory over Buffalo Gap on Tuesday night.
Goodier, a senior middle blocker, took control at the net with blocks and kills for 19 points, while Singleton, a junior middle blocker, tallied 15 kills.
The Generals (7-6, 4-5 Shenandoah) thoroughly dominated set one, trailing only once, at 4-3, as Goodier put three points on the board with two kills and a block. Singleton made three kills, a service ace, and provided a block in the set.
The Bison dug their own ditch deeper with nine attack errors and three player violations, easing the Generals path to the 25-9 set win.
It was a clean start for the Generals coming off of a tough five-set loss to East Rockingham last week.
"I feel like we came out a lot stronger this evening and with some confidence, than against East Rockingham," Generals coach Jamie Armentrout said. "We weren't aggressive at the net and were making errors on our side.
"Tonight, with the exception of the third set, we really came out strong and the girls did what they know how to do and what we need them to do."
The second set against the Bison was much more challenging than the first set.
After establishing an 11-6 lead, the Generals lost their edge in committing three service errors while Kate Flora scored a block for the Bison, as they narrowed their deficit to 11-10.
Stonewall Jackson bounced back with a 7-1 run, fueled by three kills by Goodier and two by Desiree Blank, and a service ace by Megan Vresics.
The Generals' sixth attack error of the set narrowed their lead to 21-19, as they closed it out on a 4-3 segment led by three more kills by Goodier, including the set-winner.
"We came out really focused in [sets one and four], and confident, not like over-confident, and that was really important for us," Goodier said. "We had to focus on what we had to do and not making little mistakes."
Flora and Shannon Ashby continued their offensive prowess in set three, with six kills and five kills respectively, to lead the Bison (2-9, 1-8 Shenandoah) to a 25-22 set win.
With Buffalo Gap holding a narrow 20-19 lead, Flora notched two kills, and Ashby scored the Bison's last three kills, including the set-winner.
But the Generals recovered sharply in set four.
The last lead the Bison had was 2-2 as the Generals steadily pulled away on six kills by Singleton, two by Vresics, and five aces, including the match-winner by Singleton.
"As you go along [in the match] you get to 'I really, really want to win this and I need to get up there for my team'", Singleton said. "You get that extra push and that extra drive."
Goodier's huge night consisted of 15 kills, four down blocks for points, three blocks, and an ace.
"We were definitely focusing on [Ashby and Flora], trying to block and get our defenders in the right position for them, and we eventually got them," Goodier said.
Michaela Koontz provided 18 assists the hitters. Ashby led the Bison with 15 kills and Flora added 12 kills.