In their second match of the regular season against the Meadville Bulldogs, the Titusville Rockets girls volleyball team fought hard, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a three-set sweep. The Bulldogs held off early Rocket surges to work for a 25-14, 25-11, 25-22 Region 4 victory.
Meadville served up 18 aces during the match, using a variety of short and long serves that kept the Titusville defense guessing through each of the three sets played. Jillian Decker had an impressive eight aces, while Mia Sorensen tallied three. Kendall Sandrock and Sorensen led the attack with eight and seven kills, respectively. Ella Stewart chipped in six kills. Alexis Holt and Stewart paced the defense with six digs, as Kai Kawata and Sandrock added five a piece.
“Our serve-receive was the difference again,” Titusville coach Greg Houck said. “They had a couple of good servers and we struggled for four or five serves in a row. That’s the problem. You’re going to mess up once, but you can’t that many.”
Titusville was paced by Brookyln Wakefield’s six kills and three digs, while Sophia McGill added three kills. Hannah Obert totaled 11 assists and four digs. Defensively, Maddie Reed had eight digs, as Sarah Cole chipped in six digs.
Although the Rockets hung in each set longer than in the previous match on Sept. 22, Bulldog runs became an issue at the end.
Titusville played Meadville to a one-point deficit at 11-10 in the first set before Meadville rallied for 14 of the final 18 points of the game. It was only 9-7 in favor of the Bulldogs in the second stanza before the visitors ran away with 16 of the last 20 points of set two. In set three, Titusville was ahead 22-20 before Meadville came back with the final five points to clinch the sweep.
Titusville strung a few more runs together themselves this time around. The Rockets had three four-point stretches, including two in the final frame.
“At their place, I don’t know if we were ever in a set, but tonight we were in those sets early,” Houck said. “We did pass better, but still had too many that we just didn’t. I liked some of the hits we had when we passed the ball. We had some good hits from Brooklyn, Sophia, Mackenna (Marvin) and Sarah.”
Titusville (4-6 overall, 2-6 Region 4) will travel to Conneaut Area on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Eagles swept the first region match on Sept. 24.
“I feel like we’re getting better,” Houck said. “It’s getting near the end of the season but I feel like we’re competing against good teams.”