Parkview, whose tallest players was 5’8” senior Gabi Mostrom, was at a disadvantage at the net against a Branson team that had eight players listed between 5’11”-6’2”.
“We talked about that really for the last two years,” Zimmerman said. “Pretty much every team is going to be taller than us. We always talk about playing great defense behind and dealing with their hitters.
“As far as our hitters go, we have to pay a little more attention to that angle we can use. If we can use our off-speed stuff, tips, and mix it up a bit, we can keep teams off balance. If we keep trying to go to the same spot, we’re going to be pretty easy to read.”
Two straight kills from Gabi Mostrom put Parkview ahead for good, 23-20, in the first set. Gabi Mostrom finished with 17 kills and seven digs.
“We always wanted our best players blocking her,” Branson coach Jenny Lotz said of Gabi Mostrom. “We didn’t do a very good job of blocking her. She did a really great job. Their setter (Jacqui Mostrom) did a really good job of getting to some tough balls and keeping them alive.”
Parkview jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the second set. An ace from Branson’s Jessica Tankersley tied it at 12.
Parkview regained control, and a kill from Elaina Hill made it 19-15 in favor of the Vikings.
Lotz said Branson (3-3) must improve on finishing sets.
“Our team will continually work on being mentally tough,” she said. “I think that’s where the answer lies with the second parts of each (set). We just lack the confidence and I think the mental toughness to push through a game and turn it around. I think we’re making errors that we shouldn’t be making.”
Jacqui Mostrom led Parkview with 24 assists, and Regan Still had 12 assists for Branson.
“We didn’t have as many unforced errors as we’ve had the last couple of games,” Zimmerman said. “We were keeping the ball in play, our hitters were doing a good job of using their angles.”
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