Pewamo-Westphalia went on the road for a big CMAC battle against Fulton to protect its undefeated record in conference play.
Its height made sure it was preserved.
P-W dominated at the net as the Pirates moved to 6-0 in the conference with a three-game win over Fulton on Thursday night.
“We worked really hard for it. We knew it was going to be a big game because it’s Pirates versus Pirates and it was one and two in the conference, and we were just trying to take this week really seriously in practice and work as hard as we could,” senior Madison Smith said. “We always know that Fulton is tough competition and we’re always ready for Fulton week.”
“It’s comes down to working hard. Our motto this year is ‘Journey’ and every game is a journey and we take it one at a time,” Pewamo-Westphalia coach Lauren Iszler said. “We have great team chemistry.”
Madison Smith, 5-foot-10, paced P-W (34-3-2, 6-0) with 14 kills, seven digs and four blocks.
“She’s a leader first and foremost,” Iszler said.
“Our girls, they all work together. I don’t think anyone necessarily outshines the other, but she does pick us up when we need it. She definitely is a powerhouse, just a great player all around, not just with the attacking but she can pass and she can serve.”
“They’re taller than we are and they’re bigger and we just have to learn that we’re going to get blocked against girls that are 5-10 and 5-11, and we just have to continue to stay after it. Eventually if you continue to stay after it and keep hitting the ball something’s going to fall in or they’re going to be scrambling and be out of position,” Fulton coach Tracy Beadlescomb said.
Fulton (25-9, 5-2) tied the first game at 21 before P-W ripped off four consecutive points to gain the early advantage, as the game-winning ace from junior Jessica Hengesbach clipped the net and landed in front of Fulton’s front line.
P-W got out to a 17-9 lead in the second game before a 5-1 spurt from Fulton closed the gap to 18-14.
But two kills from Madison Smith and two from junior Candace Martin helped P-W claim the second game 25-21.
Smith also had four kills in the third and final game, as P-W closed out the match with a 25-18 win.
Senior Ashlee Davis led Fulton with 20 digs and nine kills.