Created on Friday, 31 August 2012 Written by MATT HAMMOND
Benjamin Logan’s Jennifer Poling tries to get the ball past Indian Lake’s Ashton Faler during Thursday’s match at Indian Lake. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)
In its toughest test to date, Benjamin Logan’s volleyball team passed with flying colors Thursday night.
The Raiders improved to 5-0 on the season with a 25-21, 25-14, 25-21 victory over host Indian Lake in a key Central Buckeye Conference Mad River division matchup.
Ben Logan is now 2-0 in the league. Indian Lake falls to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the CBC.
“The girls showed a lot of heart and compassion tonight,” said Ben Logan head coach Alli Reule. “We’ve talked since Day 1 about playing with heart and compassion, and I thought the girls did that. Indian Lake is a good team.”
Indian Lake played well in stretches, but could not put it all together.
“The last couple of matches we were not challenged,” said Indian Lake head coach Blythe Moorhouse. “We were challenged tonight and we were rusty stepping up when we needed to.”
Ben Logan was able to grab the momentum in all of the key moments of the match.
With the Lakers ahead 15-13 in the opening set, the Raiders turned it on to take nine of the next 10 points for a 22-16 lead. Ben Logan then held on to win the opening set by the 25-21 score.
After the Raiders cruised to the win in the second set for a 2-0 lead, Indian Lake showed signs of getting back into the match in the third set.
The Lakers led 15-11 and 20-19. However, the Raiders rose to the occasion again. They tallied six of the final seven points in the set to seal the victory.
“In those tight moments, you have to push forward,” said Moorhouse. “We were too afraid to make mistakes when the match got tight.”
The Raiders’ early season success has been a result of outstanding team play. The Raiders have been clicking on all cylinders.
“I’ve been very pleased with our chemistry,” said Reule. “We have a great group of seniors and these girls really care about each other.”
Ciarra Wirick fueled Ben Logan’s attack with 16 kills and four blocks, Marissa Wilbur had 36 assists and Kylee Smith added seven kills, two blocks and four aces.
Indian Lake saw Sydney Miller record 10 digs and Allison Knief notch five kills.
Ben Logan won the junior varsity match 25-18, 25-27, 25-15 to improve to 5-0.
Katie Bisel led the Raiders with 14 points and 12 kills, while Jessica Rutan added nine kills.
The Lakers were led by Kayleigh Heitkamp at the serving line and Kalin Harper and Alexis Beck on defense.
Both teams return to action Tuesday when Ben Logan travels to Fairbanks and Indian Lake travels to Riverside for a local matchup.
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