The Princeton volleyball team came out firing on all cylinders in the opening set and then battled back in the second set for a 25-9, 25-20 victory over St. Bede on Tuesday at the Academy.
Junior Elaina Wamhoff opened the match with an ace for the Lady Bruins, but it was all Tigresses from that point on.
Katie Bates’ service game was lethal all night long for the Tigresses as she served for 19 points an six aces.
An early ace by Bats gave Princeton a 4-1 advantage.
Addison Grove was another of the Tigresses who had a big night on offense and defense.
Several of her digs kept plays alive, and Gracie Ross picked up a kill for a 5-2 lead.
The Lady Bruins got a kill of their own from Reese Ludford that cut the deficit to 5-3.
Moments later, the Lady Bruins’ block attempt went wide and then Ludford was whistled for two hits.
Taylor Wetsel served up an ace of her own before Grove hit a nice shot down the line into the corner for a 13-7 PHS lead.
“Addie Grove was unbelievable tonight,” Princeton coach Andy Puck said. “I really feel she won the match for us tonight, especially that first set. We have some girls who are banged up but played well tonight. The super sophs are starting to really step up. I know St. Bede is a different team with Macy Bosnich (who was out with an injury), but they’ll be solid by the end of the year after they adjust.”
Claire Morrow sailed a shot into the net and Ross had a big block while Wetsel got some tough digs and Bates served up another ace.
From there, Grove had back row to extend Princeton’s lead to 18-8 and three straight St. Bede errors padded the Tigresses’ lead before Grove ended the set with an ace.
The Lady Bruins were much sharper in the second set, which kept it neck and neck.
Marissa Boehm started the Lady Bruins off with a big kill and Morrow added one moments later to tie the set at 2-2.
McKenzie Hecht shot a kill off the Lady Bruins’ attempted block to tie it at 5-5. Wetsel briefly gave the Tigresses the lead with an ace.
After the teams traded errors and service errors, the score was once again tied at 10-10 before a couple of big serves gave Princeton a 12-10 edge.
The Lady Bruins fought back and looked as it they were going to force a third set.
Berklee Linnig had a kill off a block attempt and then Wamhoff and Miranda Mazzorana combined for a block to tie the game at 16-16.
After a couple of miss hits by the Tigresses and a Wamhoff ace, the Lady Bruins led 20-18.
After a Princeton timeout, the Tigresses regained control.
Bates blasted another ace’ and after a Lady Bruins’ timeout’ served up another one as the Tigresses closed out the match with a 7-0 run.
“Give Princeton credit, they came out and took advantage of our errors,” St. Bede coach Karrie Damerell said. “We played much better in the second set and we have had to change the lineup a bit with Macy’s injury and we’ll continue to make adjustments, but overall, I was pretty disappointed with our effort tonight.”
Grove led the Tigresses (7-4, 5-0 TRC East) with six kills, while Bates had 18 assists and Abby Peterson had seven digs.
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