With the exception of the eight sets where Perryville has played reigning State Champ Rising Sun, they have been all but unbeatable in volleyball this fall. After the Tigers defeated the Panthers 25-15, 25-15, 25-10 in straight sets Tuesday night, both teams took a deep breath and looked towards the postseason, hopefully with a game or two in College Park.
“They are the toughest team we are gonna face all year. The fact that we played with such heart and determination means a lot to me.We can improve skills, and work on the things we need to fix, but the effort that we displayed tonight, I am really proud of that and its gonna help us moving forward,” said Coach Matt Borelli. “You look at the scores and Rising Sun blows everyone out; they’re a power house of a team. So our mindset was we have nothing to lose, so lets go out and fight our hardest and see what happens.There is no shame losing to Rising Sun.”
Tuesday night’s matchup was project for Rising Sun and Coach Rich Wilson. When the two squads faced each other for the first time this season a month ago, Wilson wasn’t happy with the Tigers’ overall performance and Perryville’s Gabby Goodnow gave the Rising Sun front line fits at the net.
“The last time we played them we played terrible. We did not pass well tonight. We are not happy with how we were passing tonight, the hitters basically saved us on that tonight. We weren’t getting really good passes, the sets had to be better and then the hitters had to take it,” said Wilson. “Our serving kept them well off the net, and when you are running middle attacks like that you need good passes, you can’t do it off a so-so pass.We knew she (Goodnow) would be coming in.We just said square up on her and take as much away as you can, a couple solid blocks is all it takes.”
Between service pressure and pressure at the net, Rising Sun kept Perryville out of their game for most of the night. “I think the biggest thing, and like I told the girls, we just really weren’t able to set up our offense at all and Rising Sun’s serving is just so tough.We practice serving for a good half hour every day, but their just hard float serves that are up by our shoulders and it is just hard to get a good pass up to the net to set up Gabby, Bea (Muscella) and Teri (Wennersten). We couldn’t get past their serving as good as I hoped,” said Borelli. “We are having a great season. We have a lot of leadership from our seniors; its fun and I am hoping to go pretty deep into the playoffs.”
Including the Bulldog Tournament earlier in the season, the win moves Rising Sun to 16-0 on the season and Perryville falls to 13-3.