Williamsburg returned from Goshen with a hard-fought, very lengthy victory in a non-division game of the Southern Buckeye Conference.
The first game was typical of most of the evening’s competition. Brief exchanges took place between both teams with the hosts holding leads of 9-3, 14-7, 14-9. A Goshen time out was called to stop the rallying Wildcats and then a lead of 14-12, then 19-19 and ‘Burg led 21-20, then it was 23-23 and after a ‘Burg time out Goshen scored the last two points to win 25-23.
Game two was noticeably different. The Wildcats held leads of 4-1, 7-2, and then a Goshen time out, but the guests remained ahead 10-3, 15-5, 15-7, 16-9, and 22-12 before winning 25-14.
The third game went back and forth early before the Blue and White pulled away with advantages of 12-9, and 22-11 before winning 25-13.
Goshen improved its overall performance in game four and rushed off to leads of 4-1, 5-2, and 7-5 before the ‘Cats tied it at 8, 10, and 12. The guests called a time out with a 15-13 lead and Goshen stormed back to lead 18-15. After another visitors’ time out, Goshen was on top the rest of the way 22-18 and 25-22.
Game five, the decision-maker, was close most of the way. Goshen called a time out after Williamsburg went up 7-3. The Warriors tallied five consecutive points to close the gap to 10-8 before another Wildcat timeout and from here the visitors managed to keep the advantage for a 15-10 triumph.
“We knew Goshen would be a good, fun game to play in. We were determined to win and set the pace and tone of the game. (Setter) Tiffany Tibbs had 13 kills for us and libero Alexa Tibbs had 10 aces. (Courtney) Wagers set and hit the ball well and had 20 assists and (Sarah) Wetzel had 19 blocks.
“This was a reality check for us. This is the first time we had to go five games. We’re climbing upwards and working harder and harder. I see continuous improvement and we need it because the teams in the league are pretty good. Our seniors (Alexa Tibbs, Courtney Wagers, Alli Jermer, Emily Barge, and Emily Lefferson) are good leaders by example and play. . . (Jessi) Brussman is a fine all-around player for only being a sophomore. She holds her own.
“We’re hoping for only wins. At every practice and at every game we’re keeping our focus on the tournament.”
“Williamsburg has a great program. They have a lot of real good, smooth players,” said Goshen head volleyball coach Lisa Smith.
“Our girls are working hard on improving their level of play. They’re progressing every day. They’re stepping up to the plate and they are cohesive in maintaining good play, good team play.
“They’re doing a good job, but they need to learn to play a faster paced game.