Although their head coach was absent and their starting libero was out with a knee injury, the Chillicothe volleyball team dominated Thursday in a sweep of Hillsboro.
The Cavaliers took all three sets, winning 25-8, 25-12, 25-17.
Chillicothe head coach Chelsey Jones was absent because of a family emergency, so assistant coach Tia Shanton stepped in. Shanton said she could not be happier with how the team responded.
“Our head coach wasn’t here, and the girls responded to me very well and took it seriously, and I respected that,” Shanton said.
Shanton said the team continued its practice of analyzing game film from previous matches to learn how to better its coverage. She said the team was ready for the match after viewing film of an earlier match against the Indians, which the Cavaliers also won.
“We played them before, so we had a little bit of experience playing against them,” Shanton said. “Our coverage was better and our confidence is through the roof right now.”
Chillicothe was led by Kate Martin, who had eight kills and seven blocks. Martin might have been more of a threat in the back line as a server, collecting 14 aces. She served nine aces in the Cavaliers’ 12-point run in the second, increasing the team’s lead to 24-10.
“That really got our momentum going the rest of the game,” Shanton said. “They went into the second set maybe celebrating too much and slacking off a bit. When Kate got those aces, we realized we needed to continue the momentum.”
Chillicothe easily won the final two sets.
Martin also was a major force on defense, with seven blocks.
“Kate’s just good at what she does,” Shanton said. “She was there and reading their hits. That really helped us because she was ready.”
Shanton said Malia Berry played well filling in at libero for the Cavaliers. Berry led Chillicothe’s defense with 12 digs.
“Malia Berry stepped up and did an excellent job as our libero tonight,” Shanton said.
Anna Degarmo led Chillicothe with 48 assists.
The Cavaliers are 6-6 and 5-2 in the South Central Ohio League and will host East Clinton on Tuesday.