After dropping the third set of Thursday night time’s volleyball sport at Westview, Jesuit got here combating again within the fourth set to take a 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 25-16) win over the Wildcats. The sport was each a battle between the state’s high groups — Jesuit is No. 1 within the OSAA Rankings, whereas Westview is No. 2 — and likewise gave the Crusaders a two-game lead, and the tiebreaker over the Wildcats, within the Metro League standings.
The Crusaders seemed robust within the third set, however psychological errors plagued them. Westview was in a position to combat again ultimately and took the set regardless of trailing early. Jesuit junior Lily Lansing, who had 14 kills within the sport, stated the loss within the third set lit a fireplace below the Crusaders.
“I feel after shedding that set, particularly with a six-point lead at first, we have been positively riled up,” Lansing stated. “That positively bought us.”
The fourth set was all Jesuit, who seemed like a well-oiled machine and took the ultimate set 25-16.
Within the first three units of the night time, Jesuit coach Teresa Zimmerlee stated the Crusaders struggled with each psychological errors and weren’t as fluid on offense as they wanted to be towards Westview.
“We had a number of instances the place we let up just a little bit and we didn’t combine up the offense as a lot as we will and are able to. We simply saved hitting the excessive outdoors and we have to transfer it round,” Zimmerlee stated. “Once they did that, they’re fairly powerful to cease.”
She stated the Crusaders relied on their outdoors hitting — which she stated is “distinctive” this yr — and didn’t transfer the ball inside sufficient, which might alleviate a few of the defensive strain on the surface hitters.
“Our middles are good,” she stated.
The loss in set three was solely Jesuit’s fifth misplaced set of the entire season, its second towards Westview. The Crusaders dropped one set towards Nelson within the Central Catholic Event on Sept. 10 and received 3-2 over Sherwood within the season opener on Aug. 30 (the season opener).
The win is Jesuit’s third towards the Wildcats this season. Westview’s solely losses of the season got here by the hands of the Crusaders.
Senior hitters Isabel Patterson and CeAnna O’Loughlin every recorded double-doubles. Patterson had 18 kills with 15 digs whereas O’Loughlin had 16 kills and 14 digs.
Sophomore setter Jackie Carle had 58 assists and 20 digs. Sophomore libero Addie Azavedo had a team-high 22 digs. The duo are a part of a younger core that the Crusaders have been getting excessive manufacturing out of this fall.
On the web, freshman Jada Johnson was within the rotation enjoying towards the No. 2 group within the state and ended the sport with seven kills. Lansing stated the important thing to getting the extent of play they’re seeing from the underclassmen begins with the group’s chemistry. The Crusaders are all on the identical membership group and know one another so nicely already, she stated.
“All of us see one another a lot that it’s like already form of a household,” Lansing stated. “Like, we don’t actually see one another as lesser as a result of we’re in numerous grades. We’re all actually good. We’re all enjoying for a cause.”
The Wildcats should bounce again on Saturday as they host the Westview Event. Jesuit is finished for September and can have its subsequent sport on Oct. 4 towards Southridge.