Pretty in pink

Norv and Mary Coblentz · Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Comet volleyball team improved their record to 10-1, Tuesday, Sept. 5, with a win over their cross-interstate rivals, the West Branch Bears, at West Liberty.

They won in just three sets 25-19, 25-17 and 25-12. The Comets are currently ranked sixth in Class 3A.

"Ugly volleyball," West Liberty Head Coach Ruben Galvan said. "There was a lot of excitement playing our first home game. Hopefully we can take care of jitters and play our game. We were serving tough."

It was also the Comets’ annual Pink Out. The team, student section and community members donned bright pink clothing in support of breast cancer awareness.

While the girls seemed a little off at times during the back-and-forth with the Bears, the squad was able to pull together in the vital moments.

Including Tuesday, West Liberty and West Branch have met 16 times since 2010. That includes regular season games, tournaments and the post season.

Over that time West Branch has won 9 times to West Liberty’s 7 wins. That being said, of the three times the two have met in the post season, West Liberty has won twice.

Tuesday was an important game for the Comets; as their first regular season game it had the potential to set the pace for the rest of the season.

Ugly volleyball or not, the Comets dominated the Bears.

Set 1

The Comets scored the first four points on three West Branch errors and a kill by Hallie Mueller. The Comets misplayed a ball for the Bears' first point.

The Comets hit the ball out of bounds, then Mueller got another kill. A hitting error by each team made it 6-3, Comets.

West Branch had a net serve, then the Bears had two kills. A net serve by the Bears and West Branch kill made it 8-6.

The Bears had a serving error then got a kill. Another West Branch serving error and a West Liberty serving error made the score 9-7.

A kill by the Bears brought them to within one point. The Bears had a hitting error, then Maya Morales served two consecutive aces. Each team got a kill, then Macy Akers served an ace for a 14-9 score. Two West Liberty errors made it 14-11.

The Bears got a kill then had a hitting error. Another West Branch kill made it 15-13. A West Branch net serve and error brought the score to 17-13.

The Bears scored a point at the net then had a net serve. West Branch got a kill then had another serving error. Trailing 19-15, the Bears took a time out.

The Bears hit the ball out of bounds, then Morgan Peterson served two aces. The Bears got a kill for a 22-16 score.

A West Branch error and a kill by Madison McIntosh made it 24-16. West Liberty made a few errors but then scored the set point on a West Branch error. The first set score was 25-19.

Set 2

In the second set the teams played to a 3-3 tie. An error by each team made it 4-4. The Comets hit the ball into the net then had a double hit call.

A kill by Brianna Morales and an ace by Peterson tied the set at 6-6. The teams traded points to the 9-9 mark with kills by Breana Thurness and Mueller.

Akers an ace for a 10-9 West Liberty lead. Mueller got a kill to extend West Liberty's lead.

A double hit call on the Bears, a kill by the Bears, and a net violation on the Comets made it 12-11, West Liberty.

West Liberty got a kill, then the Bears made an error. The Comets failed to return the ball, then West Liberty hit the ball into the net for a 14-12 score.

Mueller got a kill. A West Liberty serving error, a kill by B. Morales, and an out of bounds hit by the Bears made the score 17-13, and the Bears took a time out.

West Branch hit the ball out of bounds, then Mueller served three consecutive aces. Trailing 21-13, West Branch took a time out.

Two West Liberty hitting errors, and a double hit by the Bears made the score 22-15. B. Morales got a kill, then the Bears scored two points on West Liberty errors.

The Bears hit the ball into the net, then M. Morales served an ace for the set win. The score was 25-17.

Set 3

The Bears seemed to lose their focus in the third set and lost soundly. Two West Branch errors gave the Comets a 2-0 lead to start the third set.

The Comets made an error, then the Bears served an ace for a 2-2 score. Each team made an error for a 3-3 tie.

The Bears had a net violation, then Mueller scored a point at the net. A West Liberty serving error and a West Liberty block that went out of bounds tied the set at 5-5.

B. Morales got a kill, and Mueller served an ace. A tap over by B. Morales made it 8-5, Comets. The Bears made two errors, then B. Morales got a kill for an 11-5 score. West Branch took a time out.

Mueller served an ace. An error, a West Branch ace, and a West Branch serving error made the score 13-7.

Peterson served an ace, then the Bears hit the ball into the net. The Bears failed to return the ball then had a net violation. Peterson served another ace for an 18-7 score. The Bears took another time out.

West Branch scored a point at the net. The Bears had a net serve. M. Morales served an ace. A West Branch kill, and a couple of West Liberty errors made it 20-11.

B. Morales scored a point at the net. West Branch had a serving error, then Thurness got a kill.

The Bears failed to return the ball, and the Comets led 24-12. A hitting error on the Bears gave the Comets a 25-12 third set win and a 3-0 match win.

West Liberty stats: Macy Akers 7 digs, 16-19 serving, 4 aces; Emma Martin 2 digs, 8-8 serving; Madison McIntosh 3 kills; Brianna Morales 9 kills, 2 digs; Maya Morales 1 kill, 4 digs, 10-10 serving, 4 aces; Hallie Muellr 8 kills, 3 digs, 14-15 serving, 5 aces; Martha Pace 3 kills, 4 assists, 4 digs, 3-5 serving; Morgan Peterson 24 assists, 4 digs, 14-15 serving, 5 aces; Breana Thurness 3 kills, 3 digs

Brianna Morales led in kills with 11. Macy Akers had 24 digs.

West Liberty stats: Macy Akers 2 assists, 24 digs, 9-9 serving, 1 ace; Averi Goodale 2 kills; Emma Martin 14 digs, 18-18 serving, 1 ace; Brianna Morales 11 kills,2 blocks; Maya Morales 12 digs, 9-9 serving; Hallie Mueller 7 kills, 4 digs, 8-11 serving, 1 ace; Martha Pace 8 kills, 7 digs, 2 blocks, 12-14 serving, 4 aces; Morgan Peterson 29 assists, 6 digs, 1 block, 4-5 serving; Karsyn Ruess 6 digs, 4-4 serving; Breana Thurness 3 kills, 3 digs
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