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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Bowie sophomore Shannon Reilly had 13 service winners and four aces in the win over Northwestern.
Published on: Wednesday, October 02, 2013
By Daniel Kucin Jr.
SenBowie High School’s first-year volleyball head coach Luanne Smith wanted to set the tone at home against Northwestern on Thursday after suffering a painful loss against rival DuVal in the Bulldogs’ previous match.
Bowie achieved its fifth win of the season by 25-12, 25-15 and 25-16.
“We took care of business tonight,” Smith said. “We are a little sloppy, but we took care of business and cleaned it up in the third set. We need to work for every point … working hard for the entire match and staying focused through the entire match.”
Bowie sophomore Shannon Reilly had 13 service winners and four aces. Other players that made major contributions to the victory were junior Kendra Moeder and sophomore Angelica David. Moeder had 12 service winners and five aces, while David added eight service winners and two aces to help top the Wildcats.
“I have to get better at not putting too much power on the serves, but I think I did well,” Moeder said. “Recently, we have been getting together and getting more energetic when we play ... so we need to just focus. We just have to keep it up.”
Northwestern had chances and continued to rally, but the Wildcats could not stop Bowie’s heavy hitting serves on the defensive end.
Smith made it a point to get some of her reserves some experience during the second set of the match.
Despite having a few missed plays botched by miscommunication, Bowie didn’t skip a beat in the long run and took control.
Moeder said losing to DuVal was devastating, but they answered the bell on their home court to finish the game strong.
“Once we get the confidence, we can do some amazing things on the court,” Reilly said. “We just need to talk and really just come together as a team. We need a lot more talking on the court. ... We looked a little confused on the court, and that was when we started to mess up.”