UTICA — Ed Marsman is a newcomer to the coaching ranks in the Mid-Buckeye Conference. But it didn’t take him long to figure out that he had inherited something special in the Centerburg Trojan volleyball team.
On Tuesday, the Trojans and the Utica Redskins battled for first place in the MBC. Centerburg rode a hot start to a straight-set, 25-14, 25-21, 25-21 victory.
Centerburg (12-2, 7-0 MBC), the reigning conference champion, has lost just one set in seven MBC matches. Both teams knew going in how important this match could be in determining the champ for 2012.
“I didn’t have to (remind them),” said Marsman. “I’m new here. They know.”
As expected from a battle of the two top teams in the conference, there were few unforced errors. Both teams established the middle court and dug multiple spikes. Centerburg’s Cortney Canter led her team with 16 digs, while Kelly Overton led Utica with 14 and Rachel Londot had 11.
The difference was at the net, and that was especially evident in the first set.
Mikaela Weldy and Tristen Simpson had a string of kills that put Centerburg ahead, 9-6, in the first. Kendall Compton had four of her 32 assists in the run.
Later, Stacy Fielding joined in with two of her nine kills on the night, sparking a 13-2 run to make the score 22-10. Simpson would later add one final smash to put away Set 1.
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