DANBURY TOWNSHIP — Danbury’s Lindsay Mark complained of cloudy vision Tuesday because of watery eyes after she was hit in the face with the ball, but returned to the match as quickly as she could and recorded consecutive kills.
Seneca East, however, had its sights on serving its way to a 25-9, 25-6, 25-9 non-conference victory.
The Tigers’ Rachel Bauman served for a block of 10 straight points and a 22-6 lead before Alyssa Almendinger’s save led to a point for the Lakers in Game 1. Ashton Daniel served for 12 straight points for a 20-5 advantage in the second game.
Bauman had four aces during her run while Daniel had five.
“We kept our intensity high and our serving accuracy was high,” Seneca East coach Nickie Chaffee said. “That’s what pushed us through for all our games.”
Daniel served for five straight points as the Tigers (2-4) established a 9-3 lead in Game 3.
“We couldn’t pass in front of the 10-foot line,” Danbury coach Marcy Raus said. “They had a couple good servers and we couldn’t get the passes down.
“You dig yourself deeper into a hole mentally and score-wise. Every time they get a point you’re on the defensive and never putting them on the defensive.”
The Lakers (2-3) tried to remain positive and Mark only missed a few points in the third game before returning to the match.
“Lindsay is really working hard to get her fundamentals down,” Raus said. “She’s a go-getter so she wanted to go back in and prove mentally that she was strong enough to continue. She wanted it.”
Kim Holmes capped the longest rally of the match with a kill early in Game 2, and Erin Lavelle had a kill for a 2-1 lead in Game 3, but Danbury was unable to sustain any momentum throughout.