A change in its offensive scheme after losing the first two sets helped the Tallmadge volleyball team to a victory at Suburban League American Conference rival Kent Roosevelt Tuesday by a score of 21-25, 23-25, 25-13, 25-16, 15-8.
The win improved the Blue Devils’ record to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the American Conference.
"We were running a 5-1 in the first two sets," Tallmadge head coach Jennie Perdue said. "We weren’t completely out of the match, but Kent was serving us really tough and we get really predictable when people serve us tough because we don’t have a good serve receive when the serve is really hard. Our setter has only one option and that’s to go outside, so Kent could tell that we were going outside a lot. We just weren’t making the adjustments on our serve receives.
"So we switched to a 6-2 in the third set. That means that you always have three hitters in the front row, whereas in a 5-1 you only have two girls in the front in a couple of the rotations,"continued Perdue. "In a 6-2, your setter comes from the back row and when you have a setter coming from the back, you give her three options in the front. It really freed Amelia Perdue, our junior setter, to also get some kills.
"That change in offensive scheme really stabilized us and we were able to run a more effective offense. For us to always have that three-person option up front really took Kent out of their game. They had to look at us differently. I don’t think they expected it."
Amelia Perdue led the way for Tallmadge with 31 assists, 11 kills and eight digs.
"Amelia did a good job of distributing the ball," erdue said. "She was consistent."
Freshman setter/defensive specialist Ellie Kirker had 18 assists, 15 service points and five digs.
"Ellie is our stabilizer," the coach said. "She got us off to a good start. She has a very strong serve, a floater serve that’s difficult to receive. She had a couple serving runs, including getting us off to a 6-0 lead in the fifth set. She’s very calming on the court, too."
Junior outside hitter Sydney Kirker, Ellie’s sister, contributed 13 kills, 12 service points and eight digs.
"Sydney had a slow start offensively," Perdue said, "but in the final three sets, she really put it together and started to swing well. Her kills all came in the last three sets."
Junior outside hitter Jill Catalano had 13 digs and eight kills, while senior middle hitter Alex Perrin put up eight service points, seven kills and five digs.
"Jill did great," Perdue said. "Kent hit a lot of balls right at her, but she was just digging them. She goes to the floor very well and she reads well, too.
"Alex had some really good kills in the final three sets. She played well."
Sophomore libero Kelsie Horner had 11 digs and junior right-side hitter Katie Seeker had four kills.