MP tops Ottumwa
OTTUMWA — The Mt. Pleasant volleyball team defeated Ottumwa in four sets on the road Thursday night.
The Panthers fell in the first game, 25-18, but came back to win the next three, getting better in every set: 27-25, 25-14 and 25-13.
“It was a different environment,” Coach Jeff Schulz said. “Usually, Ottumwa is raucous with a great crowd, but there was little atmosphere.”
The Panthers were a little different, too, early in the match.
“We allowed a lot of balls to hit the ground, which is atypical for us,” Schulz said. “But in the third and fourth sets our attitudes starting picking up and we began to play to expectations.”
Taryne Shull led the team with 11 kills and Kelsi Phipps added nine. Ashley Loving and Hannah Becker had 19 assists apiece.
Brianne Potts was a perfect 22-for-22 serving with four of the Panthers’ 17 aces, and also led the team with 28 digs. Brianne Holtkamp added 18.
Schulz takes responsibility for the Panthers’ lackluster play in the first set.
“I need to do a better job preparing the athletes for matches,” he said. “In five of our last seven matches, we have needlessly dropped sets early. We have a long way to go, so we will work on that.”
Mt. Pleasant will be back in Ottumwa this weekend.
“We return on Saturday for what should be a very competitive tournament,” Schulz said. “We have our work cut out for us.”