10/3/2013 6:00:00 AM Late effort powers Kingman over Peoria
Kingman senior middle blocker Heather Weninger tallies one of her nine digs in the second set against Peoria Tuesday night. The Bulldogs won in five sets.
Matt Hollinshead Miner Staff Reporter
KINGMAN - Salina Fogg wants her Kingman High School volleyball players to be active. She wants everyone to contribute in some way, on both ends of the floor.
Down 2-0 against Peoria High School Tuesday night, the Lady Bulldogs started swinging full-throttle.
Multiple players got involved at the net en route to a five-set victory (21-25, 23-25, 25-14, 25-19, 15-10).
"We had a lot of action from a lot of hitters. That was key," the Kingman head coach said. "Once we started moving the ball around, that's huge. Once they started swinging, things were going in the right direction then. That's the catalyst. We've got some good things going.
"We want to continue that trend."
In the first two sets, KHS had difficulty taking control at the net. They couldn't land the ball in striking range. And when they started garnering some momentum, they couldn't build on it.
Down 24-23 in the second set, for example, sophomore middle blocker Desirae Gonzalez (who was 14-for-14 serving) swatted the ball from going out on the left side.
It hit the pole (which is out of bounds), and PHS took the second set with that point.
Gonzalez made up for it in the third set with a set-clinching block at the net. The Lady Bulldogs started defending with much-needed aggression.
By the fourth and fifth set, they felt they had the match in the bag. The defensive effort was urgent, especially at the net. They were quick and timely.
The offense also awakened. They were forceful, slamming the ball down at point-blank range. Up 5-0 in the fifth set, KHS didn't look back.
Senior libero Alison Owen had 33 digs, while senior outside hitters Taylor Reed, Toria Williams and Rachel Arave (who had six blocks) combined for 28 kills on the night.
"We didn't come out so strong at the beginning, but we pushed through and made it in the end," said KHS senior middle blocker Heather Weninger, who added five kills and nine digs.
"We need to play like we finished [Tuesday]."
Kingman (9-3-10) will face Liberty High School at home at 6 p.m. Tuesday.