That’s what Ross coach Lyndsey Robinson saw in her team’s first matches of the season because of their inability to score points off of passed balls — or “free balls” as they’re known in the volleyball world — given back to them by their opponent.
“We didn’t take care of those (free) balls in previous matches,” Robinson said. “(Monday), though, we passed them well and were able to get points off them and really take advantage of them.”
The Little Giants also defended well, giving up five total points on defense in a dominating 25-10, 25-8, 25-9 non-league victory over Toledo Waite in a match played at the Purple Pit.
A senior-laden group, Ross (2-3) has relied on consistent play up front from the likes of Cassie Woleslagel, Allison Ackerman, Drew Robinson, Peighton Collier, Jessica Schell and Pam Michael, while depending on new libero Kelsey Ivy and defensive specialists Cira Hill to back them up — all seniors. Ackerman had seven kills. Woleslagel and Robinson each had four, as did sophomore Leah Ballenger. Hill and Ivy had six and four digs respectively.
“Consistency in our defense was one of weaker points last year,” coach Robinson said. “We had Mckenzie Gallagher back there, and losing her presence was huge. But for not playing last year, Kelsey Ivy has done an excellent job of stepping in. Our other defensive specialists have done great as well.”
Junior defensive specialist, Kylie Guhn, had eight aces, including four in a nine-point run in Game 2 as Ross built a 13-5 advantage into a 23-5 cushion.
Waite jumped out to 5-2 lead in Game 3, before another nine-point service run by sophomore Emily Muffler. Muffler, a setter, tied junior Allison Bates for the team-high with nine assists.
“With my two middle returning, and then with us bringing up Leah Ballenger, we’re running a different offense this year,” said coach Robinson, now in her second year. “We want to try and utilize all three of those hitters.”
The Little Giants have won two straight matches after beating Port Clinton 3-0 on Saturday. They travel to Marion Harding today for a non-league match with their former Greater Buckeye Conference foes.
“We’re definitely working in the right direction and continuing to build,” coach Robinson said.