By MARC TOBIAS
COLDWATER — St. Henry’s volleyball squad continued
to roll as it kept its quest for a Midwest Athletic Conference
title alive by knocking off Coldwater 15-9 and 15-5.
Lindsay Hess and Lindsay Puthoff were able to control the majority
of play from their frontline positions, as the Redskins duo
combined for 12 kills and eight blocks.
“I thought we played a real consistent game and took control
of both nets. Lindsay Puthoff did just a great job at the net
as did Lindsay Hess, just on overall great team effort,”
said St. Henry coach Lori Schwieterman.
Schwieterman added she would expect nothing less than a top
performance out of Hess and Puthoff.
“We tell them that’s their job, that’s what
we expect out of them and they do a great job at it,”
Coldwater coach Jeanette Vaughn also had nothing but high praise
for the Redskins duo.
“They were our main focus going into the game, the two
Lindsays, and we worked a great deal on how to block those girls,”
Vaughn said. “We knew they were going to be tough to stop,
and they were. They both played well and they hit where we weren’t.
We got hands on a few balls, but defensively we struggled a
little bit and maybe should have gotten a hand on a few more
balls, but they’re tough to shut down.”
Coldwater actually opened with an optimistic start as it grabbed
a 5-1 lead in the first game. Brittany Klenke helped spark the
Cavaliers run by scoring the third and fourth points on a block
and a kill.
Unfortunately for the Cavs, that’s when St. Henry kicked
it into high gear.
The Redskins outscored Coldwater 14-4 the rest of the game to
take the 1-0 lead in the match.
“We definitely got off to the start that we wanted, but
we kind of got satisfied with where we were, and instead of
pushing forward we just let them right back into it,”
Vaughn said. “We made a few mental mistakes and things
started going back their way, and when they’re on, its
hard to stop them.”
Puthoff had five kills for the Redskins in the opening game.
Game number two didn’t go much better for the Cavs, as
St. Henry built an early 6-1 lead and was never really threatened
the entire game.
“I told them take care of the ball on our side of the
court, everything else will fall into place for you and that’s
what we did,” Schwieterman said.
Christie Hess also had a big game for the Redskins, as she accumulated
five kills to go with one block.
Jackie Kahlig led Coldwater with five kills and two blocks while
Cavs teammate Katie Homan had four blocks and one kill.
St. Henry improves to 12-1 and more importantly 5-0 in the MAC,
while Coldwater falls to 7-6 (1-3 MAC).
The Redskins will next be in action Saturday at the New Knoxville
Invitational while Coldwater returns to play Thursday at Parkway.