Botkins High School junior Jocelyn Counts (12) eyes a set Monday against New Bremen in a non-league varsity volleyball match at the BHS gymnasium. (Staff photo/Brad Frank)
BOTKINS — For a brief time, Botkins controlled Monday’s match against New Bremen, but elsewhere mistakes by the Trojans were too much to overcome in their 3-1 loss to the visiting Cardinals in non-league varsity volleyball play Monday.
New Bremen took the match in four games with scores of 25-13, 21-25, 25-17 and 25-16.
“This is a tough team,” Botkins varsity coach Bryan Trego said about New Bremen. “There’s no shame losing to them. They play a lot of tough teams throughout the year.”
In Game 4, needing to rally with two straight wins, Botkins did all it could early on.
Neither team led by more than two points until New Bremen led 16-13. From there, the Cardinals posted a 9-3 run to clinch the match.
“They went from a two to three-point lead where we were keeping it close to that five-point spread (20-15),” Trego said. “We called a timeout. New Bremen went on a 5-1 run to end it. That’s where we needed to make a run.”
New Bremen rolled to a 25-13 win in Monday’s first game.
The Cardinals had a strong start in Game 2, holding a 13-7 lead.
Botkins eventually rallied for six straight points to take the lead at 16-15.
New Bremen led once more at 18-16 before Botkins finished the game with a 9-3 run.
Botkins’ Jocelyn Counts registered two straight aces with the score 18-17, New Bremen, to propel her team to the win in Game 2.
“Jocelyn is probably one of my best servers,” Trego said. “She puts the ball exactly where I want to 90 percent of the time. There not always aces, and those don’t always show up.
“It gets the other team out of their system, especially when you can take a dynamic player like Julie Brown out of the mix,” he said. “To take her out of the offense, that’s pretty solid for us. When we had that run, Jocelyn was accountable for a lot of it.”
Trego discussed adjustments made that allowed his team to be competitive in Game 2 as opposed to other times in the match.
“We made some defensive adjustments. We were able to run more offense out of defense,” Trego said. “We were digging the ball, getting it to the setter and doing things we knew we could do.
“When you do what you want to do, then you can score some points,” he said. “When you’re at their mercy, we’ve got to sit back and dig every ball.”
Game 3 was tied at 6-6 before New Bremen went on a 4-0 run that provided cushion in the 25-17 win.
“We had 26 negative hits and 10 missed serves. That’s 36 points. That’s way too many,” Trego said. “Our serve percentage was 86 percent and we’ve got to execute better than that. When we got the serve, we were able to do some things, and if we got our serve-receive going to run our offense, it was a tough rally.”
Sami Vehorn led Botkins with eight kills. Blake Maurer had seven assists, while Counts added five. Allison Guckes recorded 25 digs.
The loss evened Botkins’ record at 2-2 this season.
Botkins will play at Russia today in a Shelby County Athletic League contest.
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