Ronan volleyball sweeps Mission in three sets
RONAN – The Ronan Maidens volleyball team never let neighborhood non-conference rivals Mission Lady Bulldogs feel comfortable in the Ronan Event Center Gym on Tuesday night, Oct. 7, en route to a three-set 25-10, 25-19, 25-13 sweep.
“It was a fun evening. I think our girls did great,” said Ronan Maiden head coach Lacey Phelan.
The first set started out very competitive with Mission even in the lead at one point, 6-5 over Ronan, before Rylie Lindquist serves sparked a 15-4 run by the Maidens to close out the set, 25-10.
Ronan made defensive adjustments and improved its passing in the second set, as the Maidens erased another quick early second set advantage by the Lady Bulldogs to take over the lead for a 25-19 second set win.
In the third set, the Maidens used the momentum they generated in the first two sets to quickly
take the set 25-13 and the match 3-0.
“Mission is a scrappy team. They do a good job of getting the ball back over the net. It forced our girls to play in an ‘organized chaos’ type of game,” said coach Phelan. “Our focus was getting consistent passing so we could run our tempo of offense. I was very proud of their ability to play a calm and composed game.”
“The Lady Bulldogs are still in the process of finding out who they are as a team,” said Mission Lady Bulldog head coach Dakota Peterson. “I feel that Ronan was a great game for us to get the opportunity to play so early in the season to make the adjustments as needed.”
On the day, Leina Ulutoa paced the Maidens with 20 assists and four aces, while LaReina Cordova posted 18 kills and Rylie Lindquist booked 13 digs.
For the Lady Bulldogs, Gabby Smith had 11 assists, four digs and three blocks, while Kooper Page posted four kills, eight digs and two blocks.