Greenwood’s Maddie Gilliam hits a kill shot down the line passed Parkview’s Makala Smith as teammate Ariel Pinkston looks on during the third game on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 at Greenwood. Greenwood won the match 25-12, 25-15, 25-6.
Greenwood was able to shake off consecutive losses to Northside with a successful sweep at home last Tuesday against Little Rock Parkview.
The Lady Bulldogs won all three games, 25-12, 25-15, 25-6, as they were able to regain some momentum following two losses to Northside after a 4-0 start. Northside beat Greenwood recently in a conference game and again in two games last Saturday at the Spikefest Tournament in Little Rock after the Lady Bulldogs (5-2, 1-1) won their pool.
“I thought we did a good job of serving. … It was just coming out and taking care of business, that’s basically what it was,” Greenwood coach Jennifer Golden said.
Greenwood recorded 16 aces in the win. Senior Courtne Climer had three of those aces during a pivotal 11-0 stretch in the opening game that gave the Lady Bulldogs a commanding 19-6 advantage.
Then in the second game, after senior Maddie Gilliam had a kill which broke a 1-1 score, Gilliam then shifted to the back row to serve and registered four aces as Greenwood built a 9-1 lead.
Parkview (0-2, 0-2) was able to get within five at 20-15 before Greenwood sophomore Erin Black delivered a kill from the net, which deflected off a Parkview player. The kill gave the Lady Bulldogs renewed life and they didn’t allow another point the rest of the game, with junior Abbey LeJong making two aces to cap the 5-0 run which put Greenwood up two games to none in the match.
“They did get quite a few hits in, but we missed a lot of passes that we should’ve picked up, so I’m not taking anything away from them because they did hit the ball well (Tuesday),” Parkview coach Lahoma Howard said. “(In Greenwood’s 5-0 run to end the second game) those mental mistakes down the stretch are what hurt us when we did get close. We made it somewhat of an interesting game but, hopefully next time it’ll be a better show.”
Greenwood never trailed in the third game, as junior Callie Harmon made two aces sandwiched around a kill from freshman Maddie Pfeifer. Gilliam later notched two more aces during a 7-0 run as the Lady Bulldogs led 10-1. Later, junior Torie Ollar had consecutive aces and Gilliam had three kills as part of a 6-0 stretch, and Harmon ended the match the same way she did to open the third game, with an ace.
Gilliam finished the match with 10 kills and six aces. Black added eight kills to go with four assists and Pfeifer had seven kills. Harmon had 12 assists while LeJong recorded nine.
The Lady Bulldogs now travel on Thursday to face Mount St. Mary’s Academy, which swept Greenwood in the home-and-home conference matches last season.
“I thought we did some good things but we’ve still got some things to work on because we’ve got Mount St. Mary’s on Thursday up there,” Golden said.
High School Volleyball
Greenwood def. LR Parkview 25-12, 25-15, 25-6.