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No. 6 New London stays unbeaten

Sep 13, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Savannah Sutherland gets under the ball for a bump on Tuesday night.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

NEW LONDON — The sixth-ranked New London volleyball team has still yet to meet its match in 2017.

A talented West Burlington team made the Tigers work for points on Tuesday night but the Tigers remained unscathed, sweeping the Falcons at home. New London kept it consistant, winnng all three sets by the score of 25-17.

The Tigers and Falcons traded blows through the first 22 points of the first set. New London and West Burlington sat at an 11-11 tie early, thanks in part by two kills apiece by seniors Ashley Birdsell and Breanna Mettler.

A couple of West Burlington mistakes led to back-to-back New London points and a kill by Sophie Lounsbury gave the Tigers a 14-11 lead. New London held on to the lead from that point forward to win the set and take a 1-0 lead.

New London exploded to a double-digit lead in the second set. Mettler led the way with two kills and two aces as the Tigers jumped out to a 13-2 lead.

The West Burlington defense helped the Falcons cut the lead to as little as seven points, but they could never really threaten the lead thanks to a few more Mettler kills and a couple of late aces by Savannah Sutherland. After two sets, the Tigers led 2-0 and the Falcons had their backs against the wall.

West Burlington kept it tight early on in the third set. The Falcons even took a 6-5 lead at one point, but the Tigers responded with a 9-2 run that put them in a comfortable 14-8 lead.

West Burlington clawed back to cut the lead to one point on two different occasions, the last of which being 17-16. Another Mettler kill stretched the lead to 17-15 and Birdsell helped make it 19-15 with a kill of her own, followed by a block.

The Falcons tired late in the third set, and struggled to get anything down against the pesky New London back row of Carson McSorley and Camryn Blint. After the game, Coach Maureen Heath talked about the team’s senior core.

“When we have McSorley and Blint in the back row on defense, it’s hard to stop those two girls from keeping the ball alive,” Heath said. “And then we’ve got Mettler, Birdsell and our setter Sutherland. They’re all great seniors.”

Heath said she was pleased with the team’s overall performance, which took the Tigers to 8-0 to begin the season.

“I thought they did an excellent job,” Heath said. “They had great teamwork, great communication on the floor, and we had a great game plan that they executed very well. Our key was to take West Burlington out of their offense and to serve really well, and I think we did those things.”

Mettler finished with 11 kills to lead the team. Sutherland had 24 assists and four aces, and McSorley lead the defense with 34 digs.

The sixth-ranked Tigers will look to keep rolling on Thursday, Sept. 14, when they hit the road to take on Cardinal at 7:30 p.m.

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