The ADM volleyball team is riding high after its win over Newton Thursday night in the regional semifinal, and the Tigers hope to carry that momentum into the regional final against Waverly-Shell Rock this Tuesday.
But before looking ahead to their match against the Go-Hawks, ADM head coach Mary Beth Scott is going to enjoy her team’s win over Newton, at least until tomorrow.
“I’m thrilled with their performance. We had a few rough spots during the night, but again they were able to pull together and they were able to work through their frustration, and I’m just so happy… I’m just so proud of them. They’re really worked hard and it’s just all come together for them.”
ADM had great performances from its two leading outside hitters against the Cardinals, with senior Torrie Hook leading the way for the Tigers offensively, collecting 15 kills. Her outside hitting mate Allison Gottschalk contributed 13 kills.
Those two performances coupled with the Tigers’ fast start in the first game, set the tone for an ADM victory in four.
“Our passing was just perfect. They were right up there, and I think we stunned Newton. The girls kept talking about, ‘we want to start off really well, we want to start off really well’, and they did. When they get it in their head that they want to do something, they’re very capable of doing that,” Scott says.
Scott adds that was was also pleased with her team’s ability to battle back from the adversity they faced in game two of the Newton match. ADM had two game points in that game, but Newton came back to knot things up at a set apiece.
Following game two though, it was all Tigers, as they romped in games three and four by scores of 25-18 and 25-12 respectively.
We’ll see if ADM can ride the momentum created from those final two sets into their match against Waverly Shell-Rock on Tuesday.