ST. ELMO — Only one team stood between the Altamont Indians and a berth in the Class 2A St. Elmo Regional final.
But for Indians coach Tim Dooling, it was a very frightening sight seeing the St. Elmo/Brownstown Eagles line up across from his squad.
Either his players didn’t share his fear or they quickly overcame it, as Altamont rolled past St. Elmo 25-10, 25-13 to continue its season Tuesday night.
“(The Eagles) scare me to death, they do, because they play so hard,” Dooling said. “We just had a night where we served really well, that won’t happen every night.”
When the serve game was on as Dooing said, the Indians were racking up 10 aces, and when the serves weren’t falling, they were putting St. Elmo out of position for Altamont to take advantage.
It was a step back from when the two teams met three weeks ago, when the game went to the wire with a 30-28 final set win for Altamont.
“Their top spin serves were very aggressive tonight, and we had problems with serve/receive,” said St. Elmo/Brownstown coach Elise Asher. “The kids on the other side of the net are too tall and long and strong. They played nearly flawless.
“On our best night, we give them a run for their money. My hat’s off to Altamont.”
St. Elmo led early, but Altamont came back and took a 5-3 lead thanks to two Lauren White aces.
The Altamont lead and a heavy dose of White would be a steady theme throughout the game, as White was a force on the service line and at the net both offensively and defensively.
She finished with five kills, three aces, three digs and two blocks, and Dooling said her play was a rallying point for the Indians.