Vicenza remains perfect on a volleyball court

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Sigonella Jaguars’ Marley Mcelree tries to get the ball back on Vicenza’s Gabriela Sanchez in Saturday’s game at Vicenza High School. The Cougars have won in consecutive games, 25-12, 25-12, 25-10. (Norman llamas / Stars and stripes)

VICENZA, Italy – There was certainly no shortage of energy at the Vicenza high school gymnasium on Saturday when the host women’s volleyball team faced the Sigonella Jaguars.

Spectators and players alike were thrilled to be back in the gym to play volleyball, and according to coaches it was so on Friday night, when the teams met for the first time in nearly two years thanks to the protocols. coronavirus.

Vicenza's Shalom DeJardin tries to kick the ball over Sigonella Jaguars' Fabiola Mercado-Rodriguez during Saturday's game at Vicenza High School.  The Cougars have won in consecutive games, 25-12, 25-12, 25-10.
Vicenza’s Shalom DeJardin tries to kick the ball over Sigonella Jaguars’ Fabiola Mercado-Rodriguez during Saturday’s game at Vicenza High School. The Cougars have won in consecutive games, 25-12, 25-12, 25-10. (Norman llamas / Stars and stripes)

The teams were tied on Friday, playing all five full games to determine a winner.

On Saturday, the Cougars started the game strong, just like they did on Friday. However, this time around they kept the pressure on and never let the Jaguars pick up any pace, which turned out to be a winning formula.

Sigonella's Angela Mykayla Abad tries to pass the ball over to Vicenza's Julia Ridgely in Saturday's game at Vicenza High School.  Vicenza won in consecutive games 25-12, 25-12, 25-10.
Sigonella’s Angela Mykayla Abad tries to pass the ball over to Vicenza’s Julia Ridgely in Saturday’s game at Vicenza High School. Vicenza won in consecutive games 25-12, 25-12, 25-10. (Norman llamas / Stars and stripes)

Behind the solid services of Fiona Hein, Julia Ridgely and Giana Barea, the Cougars won 25-12, 25-12, 25-10.

“Today was very different from how we played yesterday,” said Vicenza coach John Kohut. “We knew we could play better than yesterday so our plan was to go out there today and be assertive and put serves in the corners where we knew we had to put them. It worked well for us.

Sigonella's Marley Mcelree tries to get the ball over Vicenza's Shalom Dejardin during Saturday's game in Vicenza.  The Cougars have won in consecutive games, 25-12, 25-12, 25-10.
Sigonella’s Marley Mcelree tries to get the ball over Vicenza’s Shalom Dejardin during Saturday’s game in Vicenza. The Cougars have won in consecutive games, 25-12, 25-12, 25-10. (Norman llamas / Stars and stripes)

The Jaguars remained motivated throughout the game and never gave up, despite everything the scoreboard said.

Sigonella’s Angela Mykayla Abad, Fabiola Mercado-Rodriguez and Madison Wood played well and each played a key role that helped the Jaguars stay in the game.

Sigonella Jaguars' Madison Wood tries to return the ball to the Vicenza Cougars in Saturday's game at Vicenza High School.  The Cougars have won in consecutive games, 25-12, 25-12, 25-10.
Sigonella Jaguars’ Madison Wood tries to return the ball to the Vicenza Cougars in Saturday’s game at Vicenza High School. The Cougars have won in consecutive games, 25-12, 25-12, 25-10. (Norman llamas / Stars and stripes)

“After not being able to play or even train for a year and a half, and having had a full turnover with the team, we learn by playing, and unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we have to learn while playing. a college game, ”said Sigonella coach Shawn McCarthy.

On Friday night, the Cougars started off strong, winning the first two games decisively 25-16 and 25-10. The Jaguars fought back and after 25-16 and 25-20 wins in sets the game was tied.

Shawn McCarthy, Sigonella's women's volleyball coach, talks to her team during a timeout on Saturday during a game between Vicenza and the Jaguars.  Vicenza won the match in consecutive games, 25-12, 25-12, 25-10.
Shawn McCarthy, Sigonella’s women’s volleyball coach, talks to her team during a timeout on Saturday during a game between Vicenza and the Jaguars. Vicenza won the match in consecutive games, 25-12, 25-12, 25-10. (Norman llamas / Stars and stripes)

The Cougars then released the game 15-11.

“Friday night we didn’t serve as well as we should have,” Kohut said. “We let our guard down and they took advantage. “

McCarthy believes his team will improve as the season progresses.

Vicenza's women's volleyball coach John Kohut speaks with his team between games on Saturday.  Vicenza won the match in consecutive games, 25-12, 25-12, 25-10.
Vicenza’s women’s volleyball coach John Kohut speaks with his team between games on Saturday. Vicenza won the match in consecutive games, 25-12, 25-12, 25-10. (Norman llamas / Stars and stripes)

“Every touch of the ball, every play is a chance for us to learn,” said McCarthy. “The challenge for a trainer is to stay patient and wait for the results of the training, the kids will do well eventually.”

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Norman covers the US military in northern Italy and occasionally elsewhere for Stars and Stripes. He was born in Guatemala and raised in Rhode Island. He has over 10 years of experience as an army photojournalist and was a photojournalism instructor at the Defense Information School.



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