Pilgrims win NLC opener

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Head Volleyball Coach Doug West believes his team is turning a corner.
Thursday’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.
“I’m just really excited about the way we played tonight,” said West. “I’m excited about how the team’s doing, about the way we responded to the first conference match tonight. I couldn’t be happier with this point in the season. I think we’re becoming a very solid team. I’m happy about that, and I’m hoping we just keep progressing.”
Strong presence at the net helped make the difference as Amber Redinger put away 12 kills, while Carly Baker and Andria Shook had nine and seven, respectively.
“I thought our attacking was the difference,” said West. “They’re a little bit smaller team; we’re a little bit bigger and able to play strong at the net, and we were able to win most of those rallies through our net play and attacking.”
But there were plenty of kudos to go around as freshman Haley Harrell set 29 assists while scooping out nine digs, Marissa German recorded 10 digs, and Andria Shook had six. Mikayla German also served up a pair of aces in the win.
“We had quite a number of players who really just played some of their top volleyball tonight and of course when you have three or four players playing some of their best matches of the season you’re in a good situation,” said West.
The Lady Pilgrims move to 8-2 on the year with Thursday’s NLC opener. The team plays South Bend Clay next Tuesday before resuming conference play against NorthWood Thursday.
“We’re hoping we’re turning corners in terms of our overall expectation of how good we can be and our confidence level,” West said. “We’re just setting our sights higher. I think winning the last three matches, but even during the Powerball Tournament we came back against a really good Southwood team and won in three games, and that was another turning of the corner for us.”
WAWASEE 0 ( 25-17, 25-16, 25-18)
At Plymouth
Plymouth stats
Kills: Amber Redinger 12, Carly Baker 9, Andria Shook 7
Aces: Mikayla German 2, Marissa German 1
Assists: Haley Harrell 29
Digs: Marissa German 10, Harrell 9, Shook 6
Record: Plymouth 8-2 (1-0 NLC)
JV score: Plymouth 2, Wawasee 1 (25-18, 23-25, 15-14)
JV record: Plymouth 8-2