MARION – Elgin’s volleyball season turned around before it officially began.
The Lady Comets had just completed a scrimmage with Upper Sandusky and veteran coach Kory Ute could tell something just wasn’t right.
“We had had a rough summer and we were not clicking well,” Ute said. “After the scrimmage at Upper Sandusky, I told the girls to get together and that they had to find out what their season would be about.”
The Lady Comets did just that, and they had an answer.
“We talked about having the potential to be good, but we were not playing up to our potential,” said Elgin junior setter/outside middle player Allison Tumey. “After that, we bonded well as a team both on and off the court.
“I think our record shows that.”
The Lady Comets improved to 14-2 with a 25-11, 25-4, 25-16 non-league victory over Ridgemont on Saturday.
Ute was stunned with how quickly things changed after her chat with the squad in the preseason.
“It was a complete turnaround the next day,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like it in all of my coaching. They clicked overnight.
“Our court chemistry and our off-court chemistry is tremendous.”
That isn’t the only reason the Lady Comets have soared to their impressive 2012 ledger, which includes an 8-1 mark in Mid Ohio Athletic Conference play.
“We have a pretty big front line and we can block and hit,” Tumey said. “Our back row has surprised a lot of people. All around, I think we have a strong team.”
Ute said hitting and serving have helped Elgin succeed this fall.
“We have five kids who can hit the ball, and opponents don’t know who to block,” Ute said. “When we hit, we are tough to beat. Our serving is also improving every day.”
The Lady Comets continued their fine play Saturday with their three-game win over Ridgemont (2-10), which is coached by former Marion Harding and River Valley coach Jill Stover.
Following a 25-18, 25-18 victory by Elgin in the JV match, the varsity Lady Comets used big kills from Kendra Benson, Teylor Gracely, Tailor Wolf, Tumey and Jace Wolf to easily win game one.
Three attacks by Benson helped Elgin continue its power display early in the second game, and along with strong serving by Tumey which also boosted the Lady Comets off to a 13-0 start, the hostesses were able to roll to the victory.
Ridgemont played much better in the third game and burst to an 8-6 advantage.
Elgin then scored eight straight points to give the Lady Comets a lead they would not relinquish in closing out the match.