FREDERICKTOWN — The Centerburg Trojans swept their Mid-Buckeye Conference archrival, the host Fredericktown Freddies, 25-14, 25-18, 25-10, in Tuesday’s MBC volleyball opener.
The Trojans did it with great setting, strong hitting and solid digging. Add to that some excellent serving down the stretch to ice it for the Trojans.
Courtney Canter led Centerburg with eight aces to go with her 10 digs.
“We were very consistent,” said Centerburg coach Ed Marsman. “That’s one of our strengths. We put something on our serves and we serve at a high percentage. I don’t think we missed a serve tonight and they all know that, if they don’t serve at 90 percent, they don’t get to serve.”
Canter served in the third game, when the Trojans had a 14-8 lead and held service until their lead was 23-9. Canter picked up an ace during that run while teammate Mikaela Weldy got a pair of kills. Earlier in Game 3, Centerburg’s Lindsey Daniels gained service with the Trojans ahead 4-3, she landed three aces and the Trojans jumped ahead, 10-4, when she was done.
“We have seniors, they should all serve well,” said Marsman. “We demand it. We do lots of serving drills in the week.”
Kendall Compton led Centerburg with 20 assists.
“Kendall’s a great setter,” said Marsman. “She’s very consistent. The kids are so used to her and we hit the ball pretty well off of her.”
Compton was able to get the ball to the big guns consistently throughout the game. Teammates Tristan Simpson had 13 kills and Stacy Fielding had 10.
“We were excited to play Fredericktown because they’re a rival,” said Compton. “We just knew we had to bring our ‘A’ game, just like we did against Highland. We knew what to expect and we were ready for them.”
Tristan Simpson knows that this is a special group of girls who can achieve great things this year.