The Auburndale volleyball team’s goal of winning a second Marawood Conference-South Division league title is still possible, but it has work to do.
With one loss, a five-set match to Newman Catholic, Auburndale needs to notch every win it can.
Auburndale took a step in the right direction by sweeping Assumption 25-19, 25-12, 25-14 Tuesday night in a South Division game.
Auburndale improved to 3-1 in the league, while the Royals dropped to 1-2.
Auburndale has won outright or shared eight of the past nine South Division titles and claiming another is goal No. 1 for this year’s team.
“That’s our goal,” said Camille Swart, who had six kills in the match. “We’ve have a strong tradition her and we’ve done well in the past and want to keep it going. It would mean so much to win conference, especially for the seniors.
“We have a lot of things to work on because we have some tough matches coming up..”
Nipping at Newman’s heels in the race, Auburndale faces its next big test next Tuesday at Marathon.
“The conference is so strong this year,” Auburndale coach Peggy Empey said. “Every night is a battle and you have to fight for every single point and game. This year is turning into a competitive and exciting race.”
And both Empey and the girls know that every team in the conference is going to bring their best against a school with the tradition of winning Auburndale has had.
The Royals started fast and led by as many as five points, before Auburndale settled in and played its style of volleyball.
“We were completely out of rythym in the first game,” Swart said. “We took a time out and talked about communicating on the floor and we got ourselves back into the game.”
Aburndale tied the game at 14-14 on Kendra Kundinger’s serve and never trailed for the rest of the game.
“We knew we were the underdog and would have to play perfect to beat them, so we changed some things up and played with no fear,” Assumption coach April Hafermann said. “We gave them a different look and it worked until they figured it out.”
Hafermann switched her front row players to the back to start the first game and that made for a different serving order and player rotation.
Auburndale’s kill leader for the match was junior Shannon Yahnke with 15 and Kundinger had 21 assists. Mary Sigler had 16 kills and 12 digs to lead the Royals.