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September 2nd, 2011
PLYMOUTH â€” Plymouth Head Volleyball Coach Doug West believes his team is turning a corner.
Thursdayâ€™s Northern Lakes Conference opener bore him out.
The Lady Pilgrims earned a convincing 25-17, 25-16, 25-18 victory over visiting Wawasee, running their win streak to three matches and opening NLC play at 1-0 at The Rock.
PLYMOUTH â€” An unwanted theme has been developing for the Rockies so far this season.
They play solidly for most of a game but wind up giving up goals in spurts during short breakdowns that ultimately cost them the game.
Such was the case Thursday as Plymouth lost a 2-0 Northern Lakes Conference decision to visiting Goshen on the Rockiesâ€™ home pitch at Kindt Soccerplex.
Itâ€™s not Morgan Ucenyâ€™s loss inÂ her world championship race that had folks around the Plymouth area all upset Thursday morning.
Itâ€™s knowing that she neverÂ gotÂ a chance to win.
Uceny, a 2003 Plymouth High School graduate,Â became entangled with another runner and fell to theÂ ground with 1Â˝ laps remaining in the womenâ€™s 1500-meter final at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships inÂ Daegu, South Korea.
SheÂ got up and eventually finished a distant 10th, jogging across the finish line.
The championship season starts now.
For most teams Week 3 means conference openers, and historically league titles in either the Northern Lakes or the Northern State Conference have often meant a perfect record. Plymouth hits the road for perhaps its biggest NLC rival at Warsaw, while Bremen looks for a measure of revenge against visiting NSC foe New Prairie, and fellow NSC contenders Culver and Triton clash at Culver.
PLYMOUTH â€” While they are potential sectional foes, Wednesdayâ€™s non-conference meet was largely a way for both teams to sharpen their competitive instincts for their league schedules.
And while the meet score may not have reflected it, Plymouthâ€™s 5-0 win over Triton featured some competitive matches on several positions at the Pilgrimsâ€™ home court in Centennial Park.
It was a good test for an undefeated Plymouth team that hasnâ€™t been tested much yet this year.
Plymouth beats Riley
Plymouth moved over .500 as it handed visiting South Bend Riley a 25-15, 25-13, 25-10 defeat at home at The Rock Wednesday.
Freshman setter Haley Harrell was a perfect 60-for-60 in setting with 20 assists while serving up two aces with one block in the win. Marissa German was 16-for-16 in attacking with eight kills, followed by Amber Redingerâ€™s six, while Mikayla German and Andria Shook recorded seven and six digs, respectively. Mikayla German also served up three aces, while Redinger served another two aces with a block as well.
BREMEN â€” The past few seasons, it seems neither Plymouth nor Bremen can get the better of one another.
Tuesday's game was no exception as the Rockies scored late to force a 3-3 draw after a back-and-forth contest on the Lions' home turf at Bremen.
The moment of truth has arrived.
â€śThe final will be about taking a risk,â€ť said Plymouth native Morgan Uceny from a secluded spot underneath Daegu Stadium in Daegu, South Korea, early Tuesday morning. â€śYou canâ€™t win without taking a risk.â€ť
At 7:55 a.m. Thursday (EDT), the 2003 Plymouth High School graduate will toe the starting line with 11 other women seeking a Gold Medal in the 1500-meter run at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships.
Boys cross country
Bremen wins 3-way with Triton, LaVille
Bremen put five runners in the top eight to beat both Triton and LaVille in a three-way Northern State Conference boys cross country meet at Triton Tuesday.
Thomas Dean and Jack Jordan finished two-three for the Lions, while Byce Wanemacker and Treton Cooper went four-five for second-place Triton, and Nick Amor paced the race with a 17:43 for LaVille.
â€˘ BREMEN 26, TRITON 41, LAVILLE 67
BREMEN â€” Faced with last-minute revelations of injury, the young NorthWood boys tennis team had to shuffle its lineup around.
Despite an untested partnership, Shawn Stahley and Austin Sanders were competitive at No. 2 doubles, taking seven games from their opponents, but it was too little and too late as Bremen swept the visiting Panthers in a 5-0 home win at DeSantis Courts in Bremen Monday.