Betsy Burson makes a play at the net for Landmark Christian
(Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)
The Our Lady of Mercy volleyball team travelled to Landmark Christian Academy Tuesday for a regional battle on the volleyball court. Despite putting up a valiant effort, the Bobcats lost in straight sets to their regional rival, 25-7, 25-16, 25-11.
Game one opened with Landmark posting nine straight points before Bobcats senior captain Elon Yates scored a kill for the team. They would only manage six more points in set one, stymied primarily by the Lady War Eagles service. Two blocks by freshman Morgan Jones and a kill by senior Janelle Morris would be the only other bright spots for the Bobcats for game one.
Game two was more of a battle as Mercy made Landmark work harder for their win, beginning with a service ace by junior Jennely Cannella to bring the game within one point. That margin was as close as the Lady Bobcats would manage during game two as they lost nine under.
Game three of the best of five match opened with OLM rallying and scoring the first three points of the game, causing Landmark to call an early time out. Lady Luck seemed on the side of the Bobcats early in the third set, until a called rotation error zapped their momentum and their slim lead. Despite facing a tough opponent, the Bobcats never gave up and fought to the end.
Bobcats posting offensively for the team were led by captain Elon Yates, who had 7 kills, 1 block and 2 aces. She said, "This year is a challenge, but we are becoming closer as a team. We are working toward making playoffs by playing teams that really push us to the limit. Tonight was no exception. "
Other seniors notching points were Janelle Morris (1 kill), Casey Grant (1 kill, 1 block), and Claire Gagliano (1 kill, 1 ace). Junior Bobcats posting points were Adrienne Mauldin (1 block), Maliyah Sohkna (1 kill) and Jennely Cannella ( 1 ace). Two freshman 'Cats completed the team's offensive and defensive effort, Morgan Jones notched 3 blocks and Stephanie Bodkin served up an ace.
OLM coach Bill Schmitz commented after the match, "Landmark is definitely our main area and regional rival. They always play us tough. We've struggled this season and we are down a setter due to injury. We are in the process of finding our identity as a team, but we are slowly getting closer to where we want to be by the end if the season. "