Lady 'Jackets buzz Elks for home win
The Williams High varsity volleyball team bounced back from its Sept. 27 opening-night loss with a three-set win over visiting Elk Creek, 25-15, 25-20, 25-22 on Thursday.
Strong play by senior Mayra Ramos enabled Williams to jump out to a big lead in the first set, including a run in which she contributed 10-straight service points.
The Elks managed to buck their early jitters and kept the remaining games close, though it was not enough to stave off the sweep by Williams.
The match was the first of the year for a relatively green Elk Creek squad.
"We have a young team," said Elk Creek coach Jill Swearinger, "There are a lot of areas we can improve in."
At times, the Lady Elks looked as if they might seize control of the tightly contested third game, jumping out to an early 10-4 lead after six-straight service points, courtesy of sophomore Kayla Bernard.
The Yellowjackets, however, refocused and rode a late rally to complete the sweep, in what was a battle between two teams with a dearth of seniors.
"After the second match? We're feeling pretty good," Williams coach Katie Davalos offered after the game. "We only have three returning players, so this is pretty much a new team. There is some work to do, but we're going to get there."
Williams (1-1) plays at Princeton Sept. 10.
Elk Creek (0-1) is taking their swings at the weekend's tournament in Hamilton City.