The Thunder Mountain High School Falcons volleyball team looked like the more dominant unit against Ketchikan on Friday, although the Kings managed to hold on to sweep the match in four games 25-21, 25-21, 16-25, and 25-19.
“We have really been working on controlling the momentum of the game,” TMHS coach Adrianna Northcutt said. “By placing the ball better and moving it around the court, making our opponents work short and then sending it deep. That has been our focus.”
The Falcons are running a 6-2 offense which allows them to have three hitters, plus both setters can play all around the rotation and are not limited with setters that cannot be on the front row.
“We want our girls to be confidant in working around all the players,” Northcutt said. “We can’t always go to our big players and just swing away. We were good in our execution.”
The all around play was evident in game one as Kendra Wittwer, Michelle Manning and Makayla Pierce combined to make a triple save off a Ketchikan kill attempt, sending the ball back over the net for a Falcons tying score.
Kendra Wittwer tallied
In all four games on Friday the Falcons took early leads. When the Falcons took momentum, that brief lead was lost in service.
“We need to learn how to place our serves better,” Northcutt said. “To make them earn their passes more and work for it.”
Claire White and Danielle Steinman provided relief from the junior varsity ranks.
“We have strong girls,” Northcutt said. “The consistency will just come with more games.”
The Falcons lost in three games on Saturday. Statistics were not available for the matches.