Madeira volleyball wins in three straight sets in opening match

September 15, 2014

Madeira varsity volleyball started off the season with a big straight set sweep at in a conference match up against Georgetown Day School on Thursday, September 11. Final scores of the sets: 25-9, 25-17, and 25-17.

The Snails raced off to 17-4 lead in the first set behind the excellent serving of Grace Morrison ’17 and Kim Lytle ’15 (10 straight service points), many service winners, and some aggressive defense and offense as the girls controlled the play at the net. With Annika Adstadt ’15, Hiam Agha ’15, Sophia Beneski ’16, Jaquelin Bishof ’15, Jordan Isaac ’15, Anabel de Montebello ’17, Lytle and Morrison all playing inspired volleyball, Madeira cruised to a 25-9 first set win.

The second set, proved to be more difficult. The team fell behind 6-9 early, but a well-timed timeout and some great plays turned things around. In the second set, Agha and de Montebello made numerous blocks while Isaac was a force outside with her attacking. Bishof served seven straight points to help regain the lead. At 19-17, with Beneski seemingly all over the court and doing a split to boot, she made a big dig to side out GDS, and Lytle came to serve out the second set 25-17 behind some fantastic ball movement and attacking from the whole team.

The third set was nip and tuck early, then a slew of big kills by Jordan, Agha, Morrison, and de Montebello along with great digs off reads by Adstedt, Agha, Beneski, and Jordan, expanded the lead. Bishof was spot on with her setting, using quick feet to get to every pass. Lytle served nine straight points in the middle of the set, and Jordan eight, to get us to 20-13. The team finished off the exciting first match of the season with a 25-17 win. 

The team voted de Montebello (freshman middle) the player of the match.