PLYMOUTH — Sometimes you’re just overmatched.
Such was the case for Culver Thursday as it suffered a lopsided 25-8, 25-5, 25-15 loss against a bigger, stronger Plymouth squad on the Lady Pilgrims’ home floor at The Rock.
“Plymouth’s a good team,” said Culver head volleyball coach Amanda Minix. “We’ve had some pretty light teams here in the first part of the year, and I told them coming into night ‘They play hard, they serve hard, they can place serve it,’ and we just kind of fell apart.”
“I told the girls before the game that even though they’re small, they’re very athletic,” said Plymouth head coach Doug West. “But they were small and we had a bigger net game. It’s hard when you’re a small team without any big blockers to try and handle those hard attacks. I thought our net game made the difference. Just our overall attacking and our size at the net.”
Junior middle hitter Amber Redinger led the Pilgrims on the attack with 10 kills, while sophomore attacker Marissa German put away nine kills, Andria Shook recorded six and Carly Baker notched four.
Freshman Haley Harrell led Plymouth in setting with 24 assists, while senior libero Kelly Hoeffler led the team in digs with six.
Shook also served up eight aces, Hoeffler recorded two more, and Culver struggled with serve receive en route to 42 total passing errors on the night.
Once the Cavaliers settled in, they were able to play with Plymouth early in the third game, and Minix believes mindset had a little something to do with Thursday’s result as well.
The Lady Cavs were led by Samantha Howard’s two kills and six digs, while Aspen Kitchell set 30 assists.
“Truthfully, I think they kind of thought before we even came in that ‘Oh, it’s Plymouth. We’re going to get beat,’ she said. “That third game we actually kind of pulled it together a little bit and kind of showed what we have.”
Plymouth is now on a two-match win streak with nonconference wins over LaVille and Culver. The Pilgrims Pilgrims will play against a talented field including Michigan City Marquette and Muncie Burris in the Powerball Tournament Saturday.
“I think we’ve got some good momentum, and I think the girls are having fun playing so hopefully we’ll really play well this weekend,” said West.
• PLYMOUTH 3,
CULVER 0 (25-8, 25-5, 25-15)
Kills: Amber Redinger 10, Marissa German 9, Andria Shook 6, Carly Baker 4
Aces: Shook 8, Kelly Hoeffler 2
Assists: Haley Harrell 24
Digs: Hoeffler 6, Emily Eveland 3, Cierra Carroll 2
Kills: Samantha Howard 2
Aces: Aspen Kitchell, Ali Overmyer, Howard, Alex Baker
Assists: Kitchell 30
Digs: Overmyer 6, Howard 3
Records: Plymouth 2-2, Culver 4-4
JV score: Plymouth 2, Culver 0 (25-5, 25-5)