MILFORD – The Sussex Tech High girls’ volleyball squad earned a 3-0 sweep on the road against Milford High Monday night to open the season with a 1-0 record.
“It feels great to get the win. I was a little scared – we had some jitters the first set – but we got out of that and got into the groove. I’m really proud of them,” said Tech head coach Carle Kling of the win.
The Lady Ravens jumped out to a quick 13-4 lead in the opening set and things looked to be going smooth for Kling’s squad, until the Lady Bucs bounced back and scored 10 of the next 11 points to knot the score 14-14.
Sussex Tech scored three consecutive points, but Milford answered with three of their own to knot the score, once again, 17-17.
Tech would out-score Milford 8-3 over the next 11 points to escape with the 25-20 first set victory.
“I just told them to pick their heads up, stop playing scared, be confident and want the ball,” Kling said of her speech between sets.
According to Kling, however, it was the speech her senior captains Kayla Booros and Paige Shockley delivered to their teammates between sets that allowed the girls to out-score the Bucs 50-23 over the next two sets to secure the three sets to none shutout.
“I kind of just told the team that we needed to not be scared and that we needed to come out there and make our plays and play confidently,” said Booros. “My center actually came up to me after the game and she said, ‘thank you for getting my head out of my butt.’”
“Our first game, we were a little rough,” added Shockley. “We had some jitters. I think the first game was just nerves and some of them had never played varsity before.”
The second and third sets were won, 25-7 and 25-16, to finish out the match.
“It was great. The captains pulled them out of their funk, so I’ll give it to them,” Kling said.
Senior Jakayla Sample and freshman Sierra Troyer would each finish with a team-high four kills; Booros led the team with seven aces; senior McKenna Longo recorded a pair of blocks; Troyer finished with three digs; senior Hayley Wilson had nine assists.
Now that the girls got the first game out of the way, their focus is solely on Friday’s big match-up with Concord.
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