Whittell volleyball swept by Sierra Lutheran
The Whittell volleyball team struggled with communication Friday — and it led to a loss. The Warriors were swept by Sierra Lutheran 25-22, 25-20, 25-20, a defeat that snapped a three-game winning streak.
“When we decide to not communicate, we fall right apart and then can’t come back from it,” Warriors head coach Kristi Moore said.
Whittell (5-5, 5-4 IV Northern West) dropped to fourth place in the league standings after the loss, tied with Sierra Lutheran (9-14, 5-4). The Warriors are putting an emphasis on communication in practices this week hoping it will carry over to matches.
“All this week we are working on ways to communicate with each other at practice,” Moore said. “We are doing drills that are forcing the girls to talk — but then we have to be able to bring this to the court.”
Outside hitter Jordyn Becker earned Player of the Game honors for Whittell in Friday’s match. Becker finished with nine points, two aces and one error in the service game to go along with five kills in 19 attempts and 27 good digs.
“She has really improved her passing — she holds her platform and gets them right to (setter Kelsey Kjer),” Moore said. “She is also really improving at the net and is such a powerful hitter — I would like to see the number of her kills increase and I believe she can do it. She is a very determined player.”
Cameron Ceglia also delivered a solid performance for the Warriors on Friday while displaying her versatility on the court. Ceglia finished with four service points, five good digs and two attack attempts — Moore described the sophomore as her “go-to girl. ”
“I like being able to put her in at a moment’s notice and have her play any position,” Moore said. “We are working on expanding her experience on the court and there’s no better way to do that then put her in and have her play any position.”
Outside hitter Tatum Libert had 10 service points with an ace, along with eight kills and 21 digs against Sierra Lutheran. Kjer finished with 15 assists, 12 service points and three kills.
Whittell returns to action on Saturday at 11 a.m. on the road against league-leading Smith Valley (17-5, 8-0). The Bulldogs only dropped one set while finishing the first round of league play undefeated.