The Tallmadge volleyball team has been a bit inconsistent in the Suburban League American Conference.
Perhaps the Blue Devils may be turning the corner. Their last two matches could be a good indication.
On Tuesday, Tallmadge easily beat host Aurora 25-13, 25-13, 25-19 to improve to 4-4 in the conference and 11-4 overall.
"We just went out and played our game," Blue Devils head coach Jim Maloof said. "We basically controlled the tempo of the match,and that’s what we needed to do."
Senior middle/outside hitter Katie Seeker had 12 service points, three blocks and two aces.
"Katie did great," Maloof said. "When she gets in a zone on her serves, it doesn’t matter who’s on the other side of the net. She’s attacking. Those are some really tough serves. With respect to the block, she was all over the net, getting her hands in the way of everything.
"She owned the net when she was up there, and behind the service line she was taking care of business."
Senior setter/outside-opposite hitter Amelia Perdue had 18 assists and 11 digs, senior outside hitter Sydney Kirker had 11 kills and 11 digs, while junior libero Kelsie Horner recorded 11 digs.
The Blue Devils lost to reigning American Conference champion Revere 16-25, 25-16, 25- 14, 24-26, 16-14 Sept. 19 at James O. Maddox Court.
In between, Tallmadge defeated Kidron Central Christian, Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas and Green Sept. 21 to win the championship of the Husky Invite at West Salem Northwestern.
The Blue Devils gave the powerful Minutemen a fight. But Tallmadge just couldn’t drop the hammer.
"It was a match that was pretty much up and down," Blue Devils head coach Jim Maloof said. "We played strong in the first set. Then Revere played a good, strong second set. In the third set, Revere had a little momentum going, contained it and won that set.
"We made a couple changes and came out strong in the fourth set and won it. In the fifth set, we were still playing strong, but we just didn’t finish and Revere ended up edging us."
Horner led the way for Tallmadge with 30 digs and 10 service points, while Perdue totaled 19 assists.
"Kelsie just played fantastic," Maloof said. "She got herself in position; she was ready for the ball, she made some great passes; she was basically on fire. She also served a really tough match.
"Obviously, Amelia did fantastic. She distributed the ball very well and set up our hitters to succeed, and they delivered."
Kirker had 17 kills and three aces, sophomore setter Ellie Kirker had 19 assists and Seeker finished with two blocks.
The win over Kidron Central Christian was by a 25-11, 25-17 score.
"Kidron Central Christian has a good team, but we’re just a better team," Maloof said.
Ellie Kirker had 11 assists and four aces.
"Ellie played great," Maloof said. "On her serves, she was hitting her zones. She was hitting them really well. She had that ball floating really nicely. With respect to her setting, she was putting the hitters in a great position to finish the ball off with some nice kills."
Horner had eight digs, senior outside hitter Jill Catalano had six kills and Perdue amassed two blocks.
The victory over Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas came by a 25-11, 25-14 score. Sydney Kirker totaled five aces and five kills.
"Sydney was playing lights out," Maloof said. "She had a really good jump serve going. When it came to putting the ball away, she was just doing fantastic. There’s no other way to say it."
Ellie Kirker had 11 assists, Catalano had six digs and Seeker totaled five kills.
The triumph over Green was by a 25-23, 25-14 score and was also the win that clinched the tournament title for the Blue Devils.
"Green has a pretty good team," Maloof said. "They had some strong hitters. The first set was tight. In the second set, we made some small changes to give ourselves a little bit of an advantage and then we kind of ran away with it."
Ellie Kirker led the way with 12 assists. Horner had 12 digs, while Sydney Kirker amassed eight kills.
Perdue and Seeker each had two aces and a block.