Carlinville spoiled Vandalia’s volleyball home opener, downing the Vandals, 25-23, 25-21.
In the second set, Vandalia had two big leads – 17-9 and 21-15 – erased by a persistent Cavalier squad.
Coach Allison Smith said those leads were squandered because the team was not playing with sound fundamentals.
“We just couldn’t pass the ball,” she said. “We have to be able to do the little things. We have to be able to pass and we have to be able to do that every night to be effective.”
Carlinville’s Kelsey Card was a big part of their late comeback, slamming two hard spikes across the net during the 10-point rally to close out the match.
Smith said Vandalia’s Holly Goldsmith and Sierah Ruffner, who had two blocks in the second set, did well containing Card, but again chalked up bad passes to Card’s success.
“I think we still could have beaten them with (Card) in the front row, but we couldn’t get the good pass up to attack,” Smith said.
In the first set, Vandalia kept the game close before falling behind 14-8, but after a diving hit by Taylor Parrish hit the floor between Carlinville defenders, Haley Wollerman served the Vandals back within a point at 18-17.
Vandalia lost the handle again though, falling behind 24-19, but there was no quit in the team, as they fought back to within one before Carlinville earned their 25th point.
The JV team narrowly won in three sets against the Cavaliers, taking a 25-20, 21-25, 25-23 victory.
Against, East Alton-Wood River last Tuesday, the Vandals won 25-17, 25-18, the JV won 25-20, 25-15 and the freshman won 25-8, 25-17.
Against Roxana last Thursday, the Vandals won 25-21, 25-13. Goldsmith performed well with 11 kills. The JV won 26-24, 25-20, and the freshmen team also won.