No. 4 New London tops Notre Dame
NEW LONDON — With strong serving and a determined defense, the New London volleyball team picked up a sweep of visiting Burlington Notre Dame on Tuesday night, winning by scores of 25-14, 25-9 and 25-11.
The Class 1A No. 4 Tigers move to 24-4 overall and are 5-0 in the SEISC South.
“I really think our serving (was key to the win),” New London Coach Maureen Heath said. “We work on serving all the time in practice; we try to take the other team out of its offense, and we try to be consistent.”
The Tigers missed just two serves of 73 on the night and had nine aces, led by Jorgi Krieger with nine on 19-of-19 serving.
Sarah Holtkamp, Sami Koontz and Emily Parks were also perfect from the service line, going 17-for-17, 11-for-11 and 8-for-8, respectively.
The Tigers used their serving success to gain an advantage over the Nikes, who battled New London for every point in a match that was a little more intense than the score shows.
“I’d much rather play teams like that — it’s better for both of us,” Heath said.
The coach also notes that the Tigers were able to maintain an advantage though their determined defense.
“Our defense is pretty motivated not to let the ball fall on our side,” she said.
Holtkamp and Krieger led the Tigers in digs with 11 each, and Parks added 10.
Parks was key for the Tigers not only in the back row, but also at the net. She had a team-high 14 kills, followed by Krieger with 10.
“(Parks) is one of few kids that plays all the way around, because she can do it all,” Heath said. “She’s also a motivational force, because she plays hard and plays to win. We want her on the floor all the time.”
Morgan Christner had nine digs and Koontz had eight in the match.
Sarah Holtkamp had 33 assists; Christner put down six kills, followed by Josten Boyer with five and Mahala Jewett with three.
Next up for the Tigers is their home tournament Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.