Lady Scotties dump Derry
ALVERTON -- Southmoreland volleyball coach Sam Coffman has been spending a lot of time helping his team work on its floor defense this season, and it paid off Thursday in the form of a 3-0 win over visiting Section 5-AA opponent Derry.
"Our floor defense has the ability to get the ball up constantly and keep the ball in play," Sam Coffman said. "That results in a lot of points."
Coffman also attributed the success of the Lady Scotties (6-0, 7-1) to their overall athleticism, a trait which probably came in particularly handy as Southmoreland gave the Lady Trojans their first section loss.
Derry started off strong, grabbing a 5-0 lead in the first set before an ace from Amy Anthony helped the Lady Scotties come back to tie it at 6-6. Anthony's service points helped Southmoreland gain a 12-7 advantage before the Lady Trojans managed to close the gap to within a point. But the Lady Scotties stayed one step ahead, and with Jenna Galloway serving, pulled ahead for a 25-19 win in the first set.
Southmoreland dug another hole in the second set as the team trailed 5-2, but Allie Lane stepped up to serve the Lady Scotties to a 6-5 edge, and a nice tip from Leah Zeman put the lead at 7-5. Midway through the set, Brooke Gallentine tapped the ball softly over the net to put her team up 15-9, but Derry mounted another comeback, pulling within two points of the lead at 17-15. Lane got Southmoreland some breathing room, and a couple of misplays by the Lady Trojans helped the Lady Scotties clinch a 25-18 win in the second set.
In the third set, Southmoreland once again faced a deficit as Holly Shine played a tough game at the net. But after pulling even at 7-7, then vaulting to an 18-8 lead on the strength of 10 consecutive service points from Zeman, the Lady Scotties didn't look back. A 25-12 win clinched the straight-set victory.
Zeman finished with 14 service points and eight kills, and Amy Anthony tallied nine kills. Anna Coffman had eight kills on the night.
Sam Coffman said the win was the Lady Scotties' first against Derry in quite a while.
"This is the first time we've beaten them in two or three years," he said.
Southmoreland will compete in the Derry Tournament on Saturday before heading to Yough on Tuesday.