Salpointe holds off CDO 3-0by Andy Morales on Aug. 29, 2012, under Sports
Volleyball is more than a game of sets and kills, it’s a game of leads and comebacks and that was the most exciting part of the match between Salpointe (2-0) and Canyon del Oro (0-1) Wednesday night.
If you watch enough games or sets you realize that scoring runs usually come in a combination of “3s.” A team typically goes up by three points, only to have the other team tie it and then possibly go ahead by three. Back and forth.
It’s been that way since the rally scoring system came in the sport over the old, “score only when you serve” method.
Salpointe built an early 6-3 lead over CDO in their first set only to have CDO tie it at 8-8 but then Salpointe went back up 12-9. CDO tied it at 13-13 and then took a 17-14 lead.
Salpointe came back and tied it at 20-20 but then CDO took a 24-21 lead. Game over right? No, Salpointe came back and tied it at 24-24 and then won it 26-24. It was the first of three major comebacks at the end of each of the sets but, unfortunately for CDO, it was the only successful one.
Salpointe took an early 4-1 lead over CDO in the second game and then CDO tied it at 7-7 but then Salpointe went on a 14 to 5 scoring run to go up 21-12. Game over right?
No, CDO came all the way back to get within one point at 24-23 but it was too much of a haul and Salpointe pulled the second set out 25-23.
Salpointe went up 22-14 in the third and final set but CDO pulled to 22-19 before Salpointe finally broke free and won 25-19.
The stat numbers were low due to quite a few service errors and unforced errors at the net but Salpointe senior Haley Howell still managed 11 assists and 9 digs. Chelsea Marshall added 8 assists for the Lancers.
Abby Reuland collected 10 kill to lead Salpointe.
CDO sophomore Hanna Gerard had 7 assists and 5 kills to lead the Dorados. Kerry Lane had 6 assists and Jessica Sullivan added 4 kills.
Both teams are active tomorrow with CDO visiting Catalina Foothills and Salpointe driving up to Queen Creek.