Lady Hilltopper volleyball team sweeps the Ohio Valley Fighting Scots in “Volley for Vision” game

By John Hill–Contributing Writer

The Hilltopper volleyball team won its most important game, which was the Volley for Vision on Tuesday. The Toppers were supporting a local friend of Coach Brooke Turner, whose young child was born prematurely and was born blind.

The Toppers gave away free shirts at the game, which drew a large crowd for the Toppers. They had a three game sweep of Ohio Valley (25-20,25-11,26-24). The Toppers took a commanding 25 to 20 win in game one but dominated Ohio Valley with a 25-11 win in the second game.  The third game was a tough one for the Toppers as the Fighting Scots where down 9 -0 but made a comeback to make it 26-24 as the Toppers swept the Fighting Scots.

The Toppers tried to continue their winning streak against Ohio Dominican, but the winning streak would end at 1 for the Toppers. Ohio Dominican swept the season series against the Toppers with a 3 sweep (26-24,25-19,25-16). Melissa Pierchala posted a double- double for the Toppers with 15 kills and 13 digs. Katie Helm and Kelsey Arnold handed out 18 and 15 for the Toppers in the lost. Jennifer Torrence had a team high of 14 digs.

That would end the week for the Toppers but I was able to get an interview with Coach Turner earlier in the week. Coach Turner explained,” I feel like the team hasn’t reached its full potential. That we sometimes played scared and not enough consistent play from my team.”

Coach Brooke Turner had great things to say about some of her improved players. “April Salyer is a young player who gelled immediately with the team and she has worked her way to a starting position on the team.” She also explained that she was very impressed with the play of Melissa Pierchala.

Coach Taylor has high hopes for her team in the second half. “I want my team to play their game, not worry about the other team and stop worrying about pass mistakes”. The Toppers will continue this week at Seton Hill then return home Saturday against Wheeling Jesuit and Urbana.

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