"I thought we played well," CHS coach Kathy Moore. "Sometime when another team is struggling you have the tendency not to play your best. We tried running a couple of new plays, so we have some things to work on."
In the first game, Cloverdale inched its way into the lead, with Ashley Koosman and Whitney Bond providing some big blocks, while Elizabeth Cheatham, Koosman and Bond came through with timely points. Kills by Bond and Koosman ended the first game in favor of the Clovers 25-19.
Cloverdale pulled out to a 4-0 lead in the second game and steadily built on that lead during the contest. Cheatham scored two big kills early to get the Clovers rolling. Koosman, Alesha Evans and McCammon recorded big kills as Cloverdale started to pull away. The second game ended the same as the first -- with a Koosman kill.
The bench would make the difference for the Clovers as the squads faced off in the third game. Sophomore Kaileigh Sparks gave Cloverdale a lift from the service line.
"I said at the beginning of the year that I was lucky and blessed because I have 12 kids that can go in and play anywhere," Moore said. "We are trying some different combinations to see what's going to be the most effective for us.
"I can call on any of them and they will do the job for me. Most kids have eight maybe nine kids deep and here I have 12. It's nice to have that kind of depth, it really is. It's unusual to have that kind of depth so I'm enjoying it," she added.
Sparks took to the line with the score 19-10 in favor of the Clovers and tallied six consecutive points to close out the match for Cloverdale.
The service line was a cause for concern for Moore, which she addressed after the match.
"I still am not happy with our serving. It needs to be more consistent," Moore commented.
The Clovers have a big week ahead as they will face sectional foes Tri-West, Covenant Christian and Speedway.
"We're excited to see some of the teams we may see at sectional this next week," Moore said.
In junior varsity action, the Clovers won in two games 25-19 and 25-17.
Cloverdale will hit the court again when it hosts Tri-West at 6 p.m. Thursday.
|Eminence||19 14 10|
|Cloverdale||25 25 25|
Points -- Koosman 10, Franklin 10, Sparks 9, Skiles 6, Shepard 4, McCammon 4, Evans 4, Lotz 1.
Kills -- Koosman 11, McCammon 5, Cheatham 3, Schroer 2, Evans 2, Skiles 1.
Assists -- Lotz 8, Sparks 6, Skiles 4.
Digs -- McCammon 20, Franklin 13, Koosman 11.
Blocks -- Cheatham 5, Koosman 2, Evans 2.
Next match -- Cloverdale will hit the court again when it hosts Tri-West at 6 p.m. Thursday.
CLOVERS TOP LANCERS
EDINBURGH -- The Cloverdale volleyball team went on the road Monday to pick up a three-game win over Edinburgh 25-17, 25-11, 25-18. The Clovers improved to 11-9 with the victory.
"We were able to move a lot of players around and try some different combinations," Clover coach Kathy Moore said. "It was a good chance to let everyone play and be relaxed."
Senior Ashley Koosman led the Clovers at the service line and the net, picking up 15 points, six aces, seven kills and three blocks. Alesha Evans also had three blocks.
Kristin McCammon led the team with seven digs.
Erica Lotz had five assists, while Kaileigh Sparks and Maria Skiles were close behind with three each.
The junior varsity fell to the Lancers 25-9, 25-24.
|Cloverdale||25 25 25|
|Edinburgh||17 11 18|
Points -- Koosman 15 (6 aces), McCammon 6 (2 aces), Lotz 6 (1 ace), Sparks 6, Franklin 5 (1 ace), Wiley 4 (1 ace), Skiles 3 (2 aces), Evans 3, Shepherd 2 (1 ace)
Kills -- Koosman 7, Schroer 3, Wiley 2, McCammon 1, Cheatham 1
Assists -- Lotz 5, Sparks 3, Skiles 3
Blocks -- Evans 3, Koosman 3, Cheatham 2, Schroer 2
Digs -- McCammon 6, Koosman 3, Wiley 2, Franklin 2,