Pirates remain unbeaten with sweep of Jaguars
By Joshua Staloch
SUAMICO – The Bay Port volleyball team got off to a strong start Oct. 3 at home playing host to Ashwaubenon for “Dig Pink” night.
The Pirates swept past the Jags in Fox River Classic Conference action (25-9, 25-10, 25-9) to remain perfect in the FRCC at 5-0.
The winner of the evening’s prize in the 50/50 raffle (more than $340) made the generous play of donating all of the proceeds back to the school in the fight against cancer.
“Before the match, we talked to the girls about controlling their side of the net and playing their game,” said Bay Port head coach Thiago Barbosa. “We gave each girl a different goal to focus on for the whole match. It might have been to improve their serve or their arm speed or keep their elbows higher. I think they all did a great job.”
The Pirates jumped out to a 20-3 lead in the opener from the up-front play of Alyssa Koska and Kealey Bleser.
Madi Noe also peppered the other side of the net with numerous kill shots.
The second set saw Bay Port work its way to a 5-1 lead behind the serving of Brooke Clement.
Early on in the third, the squads were trading points, with Pirates jumping ahead at 6-4.
Before long, Bay Port had doubled up Ashwaubenon with a well-placed drop shot from Saige Valentine, followed by a serving ace by Koska to make it 12-6.
“We went back in the hall after the second game and reconvened,” commented Ashwaubenon head coach Megan Wierschke, whose team fell to 0-5 in the FRCC. “We decided to play like we do in practice, forget about who the other team is and what their record is. We have to complete on our side of the net. From there, we were able to put the ball in bounds a little better – we simply couldn’t get out of serve receive to save the night.”
The Pirates now sit alone atop the FRCC standings after Green Bay Preble knocked off previously unbeaten Notre Dame Academy in three sets.
Bay Port will host Notre Dame on Tuesday, Oct. 8.