BLUE HILL — It was an area rivalry match up in Blue Hill as the Bobcats (4-5) took on the Mustangs of Silver Lake (4-3). The Bobcats, who were playing their first home game of the season, swept the Mustangs in straight sets 25-19, 25-15, 25-21.
“Sliver Lake is a fiery team and they are scrappy and pushed us in a way that we haven’t been pushed yet,” said Blue Hill head coach Jessica Diehl. “It was nice to see our girls stay together and play more consistent and not letting the outside factors effect us.”
The Mustangs got on the scoreboard first on a kill from senior Makayla Dinkler. It didn’t take long for the Bobcats to find their momentum, building a quick 6-2 lead early on in set one.
The Mustangs fought their way back to build a slight 8-7 lead with a kill and an ace serve from freshman Georgi tenBensel. From there the Bobcats went on a 9-1 run behind junior Brooklyn Kohmetscher, who had back to back kills. Down 13-24 the Mustangs strung together six unanswered points but a kill from Kohmetscher gave the Bobcats a 25-19 first set victory.
“We played aggressive and that’s been something we’ve been working on now we just need to work on our mental focus,” said Mustangs head coach Jenn tenBensel. “At times we did some good things but we need to stay focused the entire game.”
The score remained tight midway through set two but with the score tied at 13 a piece the Bobcats took control finishing the set on a 12-2 run. Bobcats senior Madison Menke tallied five kills in the set to help propel the them to a 25-15 win over the Mustangs in the second set.
“I thought Maddie Menke did a really good job reading their defense and being able to place her shots a little bit more tonight,” Diehl said. “As a veteran I kind of expect that from her a little bit more and she really stepped up and was able to do that tonight.”
Set three started as another back and forth battle with the Bobcats taking a light 10-7 lead. The Mustangs scored seven straight points with sophomore Katelyn Karr serving four aces to give them a 13-10 lead midway through the set. The Bobcats finished strong once again getting a block from sophomore Abigale Meyer and Kohmetscher. Menke also tallied three more kills late in the set to help the Bobcats win the set and match 25-21.
“We’ve seen a definite growth in the girls and hopefully we just keep building on that,” commented Diehl. “We really focus on defense and Kenzie Bunner really leads us in that. She did a great job picking up stuff in the donut and played out of her comfort zone and really had to move around a lot tonight.”
“Blue Hill is a good team and they played very well tonight,” tenBensel said. “We didn’t warm up really well tonight and it kind of carried over in the game, the girls really wanted this tame but we just lacked focus and some effort from where we have been this season.”