GIRARD — The Girard High School volleyball team picked up a pair of wins at home on Tuesday, sweeping Baxter Springs (25-18, 25-21) and Erie (26-24, 25-23).
“Last week, we just had one hitter carrying the team, but I think we did a much better job with that tonight,” GHS head coach Morgan Crawford said. “Our serve was much better and more consistent, and they didn’t get too low. Anytime we were down a few points, they fought back and got in the game. They played really well tonight.”
TROJANS SWEEP RED DEVILS
The Trojans kept the momentum going after a victory over the Lions with a 2-0 win over the Red Devils.
Erie was verge of closing out the win in both sets, but a pair of late rallies by the Trojans was enough to get the win.
“I think a lot of the credit goes to our hitters,” Crawford said. “I have to have more than one hitter who is putting the ball down and getting kills, and I think we had that tonight. We’ve seen them, so we knew what they were going to run. We were able to close down their middle and get a lot of blocks.”
A 4-4 tie in the opening set swung in the favor of the Trojans, who outscored Erie 6-1 on the strength of three kills by Sydnee Crain and a kill from Brittley Bailey.
The Red Devils regained the lead at 14-10 with seven consecutive points, but a kill by Jordanne Ferguson ended the scoring drought and sparked a 5-0 run for the Trojans to give them the lead at 15-14.
Erie took a one-point lead with back-to-back points, before Girard again regained the lead with a 4-1 run to go up 19-17.
The run was highlighted by an ace from Ferguson and a pair of kills from Bailey and Kerr.
A 5-1 run by the Red Devils put them to within one point of closing out the win at 24-22, but the Trojans got hot at the right time and stole the win with four consecutive points — two on a pair of kills by Crain.
Erie jumped out to a quick 4-2 lead in the second set, but a kill by Crain sparked a 5-2 run by the Trojans — which included back-to-back aces from Bailey — to take the lead at 7-6.
The Red Devils climbed back to regain the lead at 10-9, before three kills from Bailey, Crain and Abby Smith and two errors gave the Trojans a 15-13 advantage.
Six unanswered points by the Red Devils gave them the lead at 22-18, but again the Trojans rallied with a 7-1 run to win the set by two.
The run included a block by Emma Kerr, a block by Bailey and an ace from Crain.
The Trojans will be competing in a tournament at 9 a.m.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.