Clyde defeated Oak Harbor 25-11, 25-13, 25-11 in the Sandusky Bay Conference on Thursday.
As one of three unbeaten teams in the league entering play Thursday, the Fliers are not satisfied.
“I don’t think we played particularly well,” Clyde senior Hannah Wadsworth said. “Our serve receive was good but we weren’t consistent. We need to work harder. We need to do better. Oak Harbor played well. It’s a confidence booster to know we can play better after a win.
“The big goal is the SBC championship. It’s within reach. That’s the big goal we talk about and the big goal we’re striving for.”
Huron and Edison were also unbeaten in the league starting play Thursday.
“Huron has a great program,” Fliers coach Betty Hasselbach said. “Edison has a good program. There’s good coaches who know what they’re doing. It’s not a cakewalk for anybody. We’re on an upswing with seniors for depth and leadership. Anybody can beat anybody.”
Clyde (6-1, 4-0) lead 13-2 in the third game before Athena Eli went back to serve and cut the margin to 15-9. Wadsworth, however, then serrved for four straight points to establish a cushion.
“We could tell they were getting momentum and we had to pick it up a little and not let them get back in it more,” she said.
Jenna Hoppe had 21 digs for the Fliers.
“Jenna is phenomenal,” Hasselbach said. “She just keeps popping balls up. Our serve receive is strong. Everything went up to the setter or was playable.”
Clyde made no errors serving and only two receiving.
“Our serving was good and the group stayed focused,” Hasselbach said.
Cassi Cronin had 11 kills and seven digs while Kayla Brown had 10 kills, eight digs and two solo blocks.
“Cronin does a great job outside getting between the block and Hannah can hit from any position, any way,” Hasselbach said. “Our blocking picked up toward the end of the second game. We’ve been working on blocking.”
Jill Miller had three kills and two solo blocks but Hasselbach looks to more than statistics to gauge her impact.
“Jill is a big force in the middle,” Hasselbach said. “She has a huge armspan. She shows good leadership. We have a very strong senior class. They’re fun to coach.”
Bre Michaels had 25 assists for Clyde.
“Bre is an athlete,” Hasselbach said. “She works hard to get the sets up.”
Cronin, Michaels, Miller and Sam Rhineberger are also seniors.
Wadsworth, who was first-team all-league last season, had six digs and five kills.
“She’s a versatile hitter,” Hasselbach said. “She can attack the ball and she sees the court. She’s our go-to girl. She’s one of the better players in the SBC. She’s a complete player.”
Jordyn Thorp had eight kills for Oak Harbor (2-3, 1-3).
“We could hang with them for five or 10 points but then we’d get back to the mental state of defeat,” Rockets coach Megan McGuire said. “They go into these games expecting to lose because we have every other year. Typically, in the past we probably would have gone down further (in the third game).
“We’re starting to come around mentally but we have so much left to do to grow. It takes us winning one or two of those games to believe they can.”
Eli had 17 digs while new setters Annie Quisno and Emma Bergman had 10 and seven assists, respectively.
“They’re getting there,” McGuire said. “I’ll never say we’re perfect no matter how much we do right. We practice game situations with them and the more we practice the better they’ll get. They’ve grown up but we have a ways to go.”
McGuire is enthused that youth levels are establishing a bit of a foundation. She wants her varsity girls to recognize mistakes and make adjustments at practice and games on their own.
“The younger programs don’t have that attitude,” McGuire said of a lack of confidence. “We can’t just sit and wait so now it’s constantly putting pressure on them and challenging them at practice. They look to me for advice too much. I don’t like that.
“They need to answer their own questions and believe in themselves on the court.”