At the start of the season, OFA women’s volleyball coach Sue McLean devised a success plan with four guidelines.
Move your feet, talk and communicate, play smart and play with heart.
After the Blue Devils swept Potsdam 25-13, 25-12 and 25-21 on Monday for a 2-0 start at NAC West, coach McLean said all four elements were used.
“We talked about four things we needed to do and we are doing it. Everyone does it. Tonight was a team win, everyone played and contributed,” said Coach McLean.
Do it until the last point which was obtained on an athletic combination between Tava Colburn and Julia Kelso.
“Tava came across the pitch to save a ball that was going out of play. Julia played it along the touchline and played it across the pitch at a weird angle and it dropped in game,” Coach McLean said.
“We had a lot of different people, especially four newbies in Zoee Williams (18 points, 7 aces, 3 kills, 5 digs), Brooke Barr (8 points, 2 aces). Clara Cole (10 points with no serve errors, 7 aces, 5 assists, 3 digs) and Cadey Cole (3 points, 1 ace, 4 assists, 6 digs) who showed they can play like our returning players .
Team veterans included Block O Boosters Club Player of the Week Abby Raven (6 points, 4 aces, 6 kills, 1 block, 6 digs), Julia Kelso (1 kill, 5 digs, 1 point), Tava Colburn (1 elimination, 5 recoveries, 1 point) and Quinn Crossin (1 kill).
“Julia, Tava and Quinn really played consistently with a lot of fuss, which sometimes isn’t reflected in the stats,” said coach McLean will have a home team to face Madrid-Waddington. “Thursday’s game should be tough. They (MW) are playing well.
Canton 3 – MW 0: The Golden Bears continued to show extreme skill under Ava Hoy (6 eliminations, 3 blocks, 4 points), Josie Gabroiel (8 eliminations, 2 blocks, 10 points) and Courtney Peters (10 assists, 4 points, 1 block).
OFA 3 – CF 1: Cadey Cole didn’t know it, but OFA women’s volleyball coach Sue McLean was down to her last bottle of water at the end of game four of an opener hotly contested NAC Women’s Volleyball game on Sept. 7 with Clifton-Bien.
But the junior setter looked to feel it as she calmly served for three straight as the Devils cruised to a 25-17 victory and a 3-1 victory (27-25, 25-15, 23-25, 25-17) which included a near triple double of 11 points, 9 aces and 10 kills with 2 blocks and a dig from senior middle hitter Abby Raven.
“It was a great victory for this group of girls. They have a great attitude, they respond very well to my coaching style. They’re a great group to coach and tonight Abby Raven was very important to us. They couldn’t handle it in the middle,” coach McLean said.
“Cadey Cole (3 points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 2 aces, 5 assists) and his sister Clara (5 assists, 2 kills, 3 digs) love throwing the ball around and they both had great games tonight. They are the twin daughters of our assistant coach John Cole and it was pretty cool tonight that the Clifton-Fine setters (Grace, Madelynn Southwick) were the daughters of coach Matt Southwick. Grace Southwick is a great player and drove in a lot of their runs.
OFA safe junior Julia Kelso (6 digs) led the scoring with 18 points and 7 aces, including the first eight points in Game 2. Quinn Crosson had seven points, defensive ace Zoee Williams had a well-balanced effort with 5 points, 3 assists, 5 kills and 11 digs and Tava Colburn also provided a solid defensive effort with 6 digs.
“Zoee Williams has never played in the middle of the strike before, but we had to play there and she hit the ball really well on the back line,” coach McLean said.
Brooke Barr added four points with an ace and three digs and Kenzie Bucher had two kills.