HOLMES TOWNSHIP — Wynford senior Alyssa Harrer is going to need an ice pack on her right shoulder after Tuesday’s volleyball match with Bucyrus.
The do-it-all senior recorded 23 kills during the Royals’ 3-1 Northern 10 conference victory over their rival at Wynford High School.
As good as Harrer played, she believes she just benefited from being in the right place at the right time.
“It was a team effort tonight. When we get a good pass and a good set, any of us can put the ball down and a lot of them went to me tonight,” Harrer said.
The Redmen (4-8, 3-5 N10) showed up like a team on a mission and their intensity level about blew the roof off of the gym. Bucyrus took the first set 25-22 but dropped three straight after losing a lot of that momentum.
“We did not come out strong or ready to play. It was a wake up call for us when we lost that first set and it really set a fire in our team to come back out and play harder,” Wynford coach Chelsea Keegan said.
The early intensity was credited to the rivalry atmosphere according to Redmen coach Allysen Coleman.
“We got a win last night and came in tonight and everyone seemed to be pretty excited about it. They always want to beat Wynford because it is a rival. But once they got up a few points, we let it get to us,” Coleman said. “Wynford got a lot more aggressive in the second set. They were getting passes up and getting points and we let that get in our head a little bit.”
Harrer also added eight serving points but it was her hitting that gave the Royals the advantage. In the fourth and final set, Harrer delivered eight kills. Her play is what makes the Royals tick.
“She is very vital to our team. She is the go-to player on the court and her teammates look for her when she is out there because she is a great player. She is just super vital to our success,” Keegan said.
While Harrer gave her team the boost, her fellow seniors fed off of her intensity and delivered a well-played match. Keegan gives credit to one individual who really showed her something on the court.
“Overall the seniors had a very good game. Maci Cooper really stepped up tonight and put the ball away when we needed her to. They are the ones that set the tone for each game so it is really important that they are on and ready to go when the match starts,” Keegan said.
Cooper delivered with nine serving points (four aces) and seven kills. The win was important to the Royals (6-7, 4-4) given their recent struggles, but Harrer would not trade her team for the world.
“I think it was very important because we have not been at our best lately so it was nice to get out there and get a win again, but I felt we could have played better,” Harrer said. “It is super fun to play with these girls. I do not know what I would do without them. I have been playing with them since I was in seventh grade and it has just been really awesome to play with them.”
Jade Stuckman finished with 12 points serving. Mallory Moore had a stellar night with eight service points and ten kills. Tera Zinger was a force at the net with eight kills and five serving points.
The Redmen were led by senior Kelci Simms. Simms had yet another wonderful effort with ten points serving and 14 kills. She also added five blocks. Senior Gabby Seibert had five service points and five kills. Torrie Tanner collected 11 kills and Shaina Orewiler had ten service points and eight kills.
The Redmen will host Crestline on Thursday and the Royals will host Ridgedale the same night.