Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

October 22, 2013

Service game key for Hearts in two-set win

Effingham Daily News

---- — Stephanie Robb had two of Effingham’s four aces against Altamont on Monday and her head coach said that helped put Altamont out of sync and win the game.

Effingham took care of Altamont in two sets, winning 25-17 and 25-17, behind Robb’s two aces and six kills and Chandler Ramey’s six kills.

“Stephanie served really aggressive,” Bohnhoff said. “That got (Altamont) off track a little bit and their offense wasn’t nearly as good because of that.”

Altamont played the Flaming Hearts close early in the first set, coming within one point of a tie before the Hearts held on to a slim 11-8 lead.

The Hearts quickly jumped out to a 17-10 lead, and then a 21-12 lead to eventually close out the first set with an eight-point win.

“It comes to controlling the volleyball,” Altamont head coach Tim Dooling said. “We didn’t control it enough.”

Effingham controlled the second set, leading 7-3 early and maintaining a lead all the way through to its 25-17 win.

Dooling said Effingham did a better job executing its game, while his team played well when the game was in a regular flow.

“As long as it was in pass-set-hit mode, I thought we were fine, but the in-between stuff they did a way better job,” Dooling said. “When we got free balls, we didn’t capitalize. When they got free balls, they capitalized.”

Bohnhoff said Effingham did a good job of handling Altamont’s aggressive serves, which set up the Hearts offense to score points.

Effingham’s Josie Zerrusen led the Hearts with six digs, while Bethany Donaldson had five. Felicia Totten finished with 17 assists in the game.

“Josie did a real nice job back there on serve-receive, which made our offense look really nice,” Bohnhoff said. “I thought we played hard and together and that’s a good thing for our seniors on senior night.”

Bohnhoff said her team looked like it improved in all of the aspects of the game, which is important this late in the season.

“We had to improve one serving, passing and hitting, and we did that tonight,” Bohnhoff said. “We’re capable of playing well, we just need to make sure we stay consistent with it and finish the season out that way.”

Effingham is back in action Tuesday at Apollo Confernece opponent Salem, while Altamont hosts Dieterich on Thursday.

Alex McNamee can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or alex.mcnamee@effinghamdailynews.com.

Effingham 25 25

Altamont 17 17

Effingham: Glaspy (4 digs), Donaldson (5 digs, 3 kills), Bloemker (1 dig, 4 kills, 2 blocks), Zerrusen (6 digs, 1 kill, 1 ace), Ramey (4 digs, 1 assist, 6 kills), Nunamaker (2 digs, 2 kills, 1 ace, 2 blocks), Totten (3 digs, 17 assists), Robb (1 dig, 1 assist, 6 kills, 2 aces)

Altamont: White (5 kills, 1 ace, 2 digs, 3 blocks), Laatsch (3 kills, 3 blocks), Wendling (3 kills, 11 assists, 5 digs), Alwardt (2 kills, 1 block), Kopplin (1 kill, 2 digs), Ledbetter (1 kill, 5 digs), Winters (1 ace), Johnson (2 digs), L Ohnesorge (1 dig)