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Warriors handle Pioneers at home

Van Buren wins competitive game
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Sep 20, 2013
Photo by: ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger photo The Pioneers huddle together for a timeout during their game against Van Buren Thursday.

Matt Zeitler was worried.

The Van Buren (2-4) volleyball team was down 11-7 in the third set against the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment when its head coach, Zeitler, called a timeout.

“I just thought they needed to recuperate and gather their thoughts,” Zeitler said. “They are such easy going kids that sometimes you have to do that to get them heading back in the right direction.”

The Warriors would soon pull away and defeat the Pioneers by the score of 25-13, 25-12, 25-19. The Pioneers, who have not won a set all season, came very close to accomplishing that goal in the third set.

“It was too bad because all three games we had to come back from like 5-0,” said Maharishi School coach Danielle Wallace. “I had to say ‘come on guys we have to start’, because otherwise we have to come from way behind and we miss out at the end of games.”

Wallace has a point. Van Buren senior Nicole Coffin served the Warriors to a 7-0 lead at the beginning of the first set. Maharishi School (0-16) wasn’t ready to play yet.

“Now we have to start fighting for every ball,” Wallace told her players. “Keep our mistakes low and let them make mistakes.”

Overall, Wallace is pleased with her team’s performance.

“We actually pushed the ball today and started hitting,” Wallace said. “We haven’t done that in previous games, so I’m actually happy with our effort.”

Coffin finished the game with nine aces. Alicia Fitzsimmons was another integral part of the Warriors victory. She finished the game with five kills and seven digs. Freshmen Grace Thomas chipped in with five kills and three blocks.

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