The ADM volleyball team collected their sixth win of the season in a 3-0 win over the Perry Jayettes Tuesday night.
The holiday break proved to be just what the Tigers needed as they dispatched Perry for their second conference win of the season 25-13, 25-7, and 25-14.
Set one set the pace for the entire match and it settled in favor of the Tigers early. After a fast start, ADM volleyball cruised to a 25-13 set one win. Set two was even more potent for the Tigers as they blasted the Jayettes by a mark of 25-7 for an early two sets to none lead. The third and final set proved to be the toughest battle for the Tigers but still they prevailed, winning 25-14.
Junior Josi Lonneman was a big part in the victory, adding 10 kills, six digs, and three aces to the overall win. Abbie Hlas was a digs machine with 14 to give her 103 total on the season. Morgan Meyer and Delaney Bertman both paced ADM in assists with nine. The junior pair in particular has come a long way since their first days on the varsity scene and as Bertman explained, it all centers around confidence in communication.
“The thing I’ve learned and have gotten better at is just being confident in how you communicate with your teammates,” said Bertman. “If you’re confident in stating what you want out out your teammates and what they want out of you, it’s so easy to communicate on the court it’s like your reading each other’s minds. That’s where I’ve improved upon and where our team has improved on most from last year.”
ADM head coach Mary Beth Scott has seen plenty of teams who have utilized good communication to achieve success.
“Being confident in the way you communicate to your teammates is crucial,” began Scott. “We saw that the last few years with how this team preformed and the big key behind the great records was communication. The thing is though you’ve got to be able to confidently communicate in order to get the message through. These girls are very confident and you can see that in the way they communicate on the court.”
Bertman also aided in the aces category where she tied with fellow junior Abbie Hlas with five aces, part of the 17 team aces on the night. Senior Jordyn Crow paced the Tigers in blocks with three, giving her 24 total on the season.
The next step up for the Tigers will be a road match-up in Carroll against the Raccoon River Conferences other Tigers squad on Tuesday, September 11. That will be part of a three game road stand continuing on at Ballard on Tuesday, September 17 and a weekend tournament in Dubuque on Saturday, September 22.