Garaway Volleyball

Crawford, Generals take down Garaway in four games

Garaway had no problem going head-to-head with the visiting Ridgewood Generals in games two and three in Sugarcreek on Tuesday night, September 15.

Games one and four, unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, were much different.

Ridgewood cruised to a game one win 25-15 and then came back from a 14-12 deficit to take a highly-contested game two as well, 25-22. The Lady Pirates played their best in game three, surviving to force game four with a 25-17 win.

The Garaway momentum wouldn’t last long though.

Game four, much like game one, saw the Generals take a 15-9 lead and never look back on their way to an easy 25-16 win to close out the Lady Pirates.

Helping crush the hopes of a Garaway comeback attempt was Ridgewood’s senior hitter Laura Crawford, who took on game four with a vengeance. Two massive swats early on in game four with authority quickly relayed to Garaway that Crawford was all about business in game four.

“It felt like we had it going in game four,”said Crawford. “All around, we were just sharp the last game.”

Battling back immediately after losing a game is something that Crawford said her team has been working on getting better at. What do you know?  They had a chance to work on that very thing against Garaway Tuesday night.  And were better.

“When we lose a game we just need to tell ourselves to wipe our minds clean and play like it’s a new game,” said Crawford. “In games one and four we really did what we needed to do.”

Crawford finished the night as the leader in kills on the floor, for either team, with 21. She also had a hand in pretty much every other stat category, digging 11 balls and blocking seven Garaway spike attempts high above the tape.

“She’s an amazing player,” said Garaway head coach Deb Swihart. “She was suffering tonight from a muscle strain and she was still great.”

The Pirates were led by net-minder Allison Luneborg who racked up 13 kills and had 18 digs. Samantha Putt and Abby Detweiler each chipped in with four kills a piece for the Lady Pirates.

Luneborg and the Lady Pirates really settled down after the game one loss. Going up against one of the best teams in the Inter-Valley Conference, Swihart thought there may have been just a tad bit of nerves early on.

“Game one was a lot of nerves,” said Swihart. “It was about getting the jitters out when playing Ridgewood. Once we got over that and we talked about the different things we needed to do right, that’s when things started to turn around.”

Garaway rallied ahead 14-12 in game two only to watch their lead quickly disappear. Then, in game three got ahead 15-8 and closed out Ridgewood quickly to give themselves a shot.

“We just kind of dropped our intensity level down too much and then had to gain it back,” said Ridgewood head coach Brenda McCoy about losing game three. “We got back to work once that intensity level went back up. We cleaned up our fundamentals and got back to the basics.”

It helped having Crawford on their side of the night too in game four as she was flying all over the place for the Generals.

“The first set we were finding the holes and playing smart,” said McCoy. “They started to make their adjustments, and in game four we returned to what we did in game one that was successful.”

Garaway Stats

Allison Luneborg – 13 kills, 18 digs
Cassidy Widder – 20 digs, 14 assistAbby Detweiler – 15 digs
Amber Monigold – 12 digs
Alli Yoder – 17 digs

Ridgewood Stats

Laura Crawford – 21 kills, 11 digs, 7 blocks
Allie Dobson – 5 kills, 7 blocks
Eliza Haynes – 5 kills, 9 digs
Sydney Zinkon – 14 assist
Eliza Haynes – 18 assist, 9 digs
Erinn Buchanan – 11 blocks

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