LINCOLN – One night after dropping a five-set thriller to Millard North, top-ranked Millard West proved its still the one to beat in Class A.
Millard West, 20-2, defeated #2 Lincoln Southwest 25-23, 25-22, 25-18 Tuesday night. On Monday, the Wildcats fell 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, 19-25, 15-13 to Millard North.
A big key in the win for the Wildcats was their ability to put up a big block. Millard West limited 6-foot Creighton recruit Marysa Wilkinson to eight kills on 38 attempts. For the season, Wilkinson is averaging more than five kills per set.
“We knew their two main go-to people were Marysa and Allie Davis. They are a big and powerful force at the net,” Millard West coach Erin Byrd said. “Our blocking game came around for us last night. It’s the best blocking match we’ve had all season.”
Davis, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, was still able to get 16 kills on the night on 44 swings, but as a team the Silver Hawks hit just .101.
Millard West senior middle Alexis Anderson played a huge roll in that with five blocks. She also pounded a team-high 10 kills for the Wildcats. Kira Shapiro, Kamesha Young and Erin Sosnowchik each added seven kills for Millard West.
Her team’s ability to put the loss to Millard North behind it so quickly and perform well the next night didn’t come as a surprise to Byrd.
“”The girls know what their goals are and they know every match counts,” she said.