What began as a disastrous start for Marshfield’s volleyball team ended in an impressive victory, as the Lady Jays defeated Strafford, 2-1.
From the beginning, Marshfield committed a number of errors and quickly got behind quickly 16-5.
The Lady Jays then picked up their offensive game.
After one of her 13 kills, senior Whitney Vermillion and the Lady Jays came roaring back after a 20-7 run to win the set, 25-23.
“Playing on Mondays can be difficult, but they really turned it around on their own,” said Marshfield head coach Lisa Messick. “In the beginning, we made a lot of errors and put ourselves in a big deficit early on. Once we stopped doing that, we were able to battle back and take the set.”
Despite the Lady Jays making a comeback to open up the match, Strafford bounced back in the second set to tie the game, 1-1.
“In the second set, we had to become more aggressive,” said Strafford head coach Ashley Bough. “Sometimes we dwell on the mistakes we made instead of looking to the next ball. We changed our mentality and began doing it one point at a time in the second set.”
For Marshfield, being able to close out games has been an issue since last season, and it is something Messick preaches constantly to her team.
“Playing consistent and being ready to play every time we come out on the floor has been a goal of ours from the beginning of the season,” said Messick. “This is something we struggle with. We are very inconsistent whether we are ready to play or whether our focus is somewhere else.”
Led by their heavy hitters of Whitney Vermillion, Kassie Cantrell and Leah Flower and a miraculous dig by Abbey Crawford that gave Marshfield all the momentum they needed, the Lady Jays did not let their coach down on this night, as they ran away with the third set to win it decisively, 25-10.
“They turned their game on in the third set,” Bough said. “Marshfield stepped up and started getting good swings on the ball, and I felt like we didn’t respond. We got somewhat hesitant and played not to lose instead of playing to win.”
With the win, the Lady Jays improve to 7-5 on the season. Strafford falls to 8-6.
Next up, Marshfield plays on Sept. 26 at Branson, while the Lady Indians prepare for their own Strafford Tournament on Sept. 28.
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