“It went as we expected that it would,” Lady Falcons coach Janice Slay said. “Everybody off the bench got in for a couple of points. It was just a good warm-up match for tomorrow.”
Slay kept the starters in for the first set, which was led by Corey Phillis, who finished the match with 14 kills, five blocks and three digs, to help them transition into the Multiplex at Crampton Bowl, but starting putting reserves in once the second set was in hand.
“We had a little bit of nervous jitters I think to begin with,” Slay said. “Playing in a place that we’re completely unfamiliar with, the lightning is different. All that nervousness coming together held us back a little bit.
“Of course, playing one match and not playing again until tomorrow will feel like we’re starting all over again, but at least we’re familiar with the surroundings. Hopefully tomorrow morning things will go a little bit more steadily, everybody will be in a better flow, we’ll adapt quickly and just move on.”
Donoho (50-9) Freshman Camille Fink replaced her older sister Adele, who finished the match with four kills, and Cowen Angell earned the match-winning point with an ace, ending Pleasant Home’s season with a 17-6 record.
Peyton van Ekris finished the match with 11 kills and eight digs. Rylee Segrest recorded 15 assists and two aces, while Anna Turner added 13 assists, six aces and three kills.
Donoho returns to the court tomorrow morning at 10:30 to face St. Luke’s, which defeated Maplesville, 25-8, 25-9, 25-10. Slay said despite playing at the same time Friday, her assistant coach and even some players kept an eye on St. Luke’s.
“They will give us a little competition,” Slay said. “I think that match will really be the toughest one we’ll have until we get to the finals. We’ll really have to be geared up and ready to play in the morning.”