Two four-point scoring runs weren't enough to carry Parkview over Waynesville in the first game of Thursday night's match.
A quick start pushed Parkview ahead of Waynesville, 4-0 to start play. After scoring a single point on its next possession, Waynesville went on runs of five, four and four to take a slight 15-10 lead before Parkview called a timeout. The stoppage of play only elevated the play of Waynesville's offense, which scored three more points on aces by sophomore libero Chelsey Howser. The 18-10 lead was too much for Parkview's second 4-0 run to surpass and Waynesville won 25-21.
"We came out strong in the first game and took the lead early," Waynesville coach Holly Davidson said. "I still think we have a lot of things we can improve on and I'm hoping we're still headed towards a peaking point."
The night's second game of action was more enthralling and may have been the team's first steps up the mountain to success.
Waynesville started play by taking a 3-0 lead, but the teams alternated points before Parkview was able to tie the game at five. Three possessions later, a Parkview ace sparked a 3-0 run, which stole the lead, 10-9.
In see-saw fashion, the squads traded scores again, but this time a 3-0 Waynesville run took the lead back, 13-12.
Parkview forced another lead change after an ace tied and a kill pushed the score to 15-14 in Parkview's favor.
Out of a Waynesville timeout, Parkview added two more points on clutch aces for a 17-14 lead. On the next four possessions, each team scored two before Waynesville took its final timeout down by three, 21-18.
Coach Davidson's words during the break sparked a 5-0 rally to take a 23-21 lead. The team gave up possession twice after two Parkview kills, but in the end, two-straight serving miscues handed Waynesville its second win of the night, 25-23.
"I'm glad we won in two tonight," Davidson said. "We've been struggling with that, but in the last two [matches] we've actually finished in two which is a pretty nice feeling."
Throughout the night, Waynesville began showing a more diverse offense, utilizing both right-side and middle hitters, as well as swing passes, which resulted in several scores.
Senior outside hitter Breonna Copeland tallied seven kills for Waynesville while sophomore right-side hitter Savanna York had five; junior setter Alyssa Arnold recorded 18 assists; and Howser scored five total aces.
Aside from a successful offensive prowess, Davidson said her squad will practice basic defensive tip coverage in the five days before playing Camdenton at home.
"They're a solid team," Davidson said of Camdenton. "We're gonna have to come out and be sharp. We can win."
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