Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


September 13, 2013

Altamont sweeps Stew-Stras in two sets

STRASBURG – The Stew-Stras volleyball team played stiffer competition against Altamont on Thursday than it had all season, said head coach Ronda Schlechte, but they did so unsuccessfully by losing in two sets.

With the lead in the second set, Stew-Stras committed a number of errors on its hits to allow Altamont to come back from an 19-17 deficit.

Altamont scored eight consecutive points to win the second set, but Schlechte said her team’s impatience at the net let Altamont back into the game and clinch a 25-22, 25-19 win.

“The girls weren’t waiting,” Schlechte said. “They were rushing in and charging the ball. We have a tendency to do that when we’re a little overly anxious.”

With the lead, Stew-Stras players were sending spikes long over Altamont’s taller front line. The errors cost the team the second set.

Stew-Stras led the second set early after breaking Altamont’s serve to start the game. Stew-Stras jumped out to a 9-5 lead, but once Altamont got its serve back they came back to lead 11-10.

Schlechte said her team struggles with serve-receive often and it showed in the first set, too, as Altamont’s service points led them to a 25-22 win.

Having given up the lead, 11-10, in the second set, Stew-Stras senior Baylee Quast served the team back into the game, giving her team a 14-11 lead. Quast had two aces in the game.

Altamont’s height advantage showed, though, as they shrank the lead. Schlechte said Altamont’s height gave her players trouble in the middle of the court.

In a 15-15 tie, neither team led by more than two points until Altamont went on its run of eight consecutive points to end the set and win the match, 25-19.

“We had to battle for every point,” Altamont head coach Tim Dooling said. “Stew-Stras is really good and we know they are.”

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