The sign of a good team is one that puts a rough game behind them, refocuses and comes up with big plays in a dominant performance the next time they step on the court or the field or whatever surface matches the sport. The Pioneer volleyball showed they are a good team with their game on Thursday night against visiting Dundee.
“We had a really rough game on Tuesday against Saline and this game against Dundee shows how our team can rise after a bitter loss,” said Pioneer Coach Fabiana Martins. “This team never gives up.”
The Pioneers won the opening game 25-14. In the second game, Dundee battled back to tie the game at 18-18. But the Pioneers took the next seven points for a 25-18 victory. Pioneer finished off the visitors in dramatic fashion with a 26-24 win to complete the sweep.
In the third set, Lis Cordeiro handled the pressure of 24-24 and performed a perfect pass on serve receive, enabling Lanie DeSano-Smith to set a quick tempo ball to Jesi Izirein attack with perfection for 25-24 Pioneer lead. Maya Tod got the block for the game winner.
Several Pioneers stepped up with great performance. Libero Elena Chagnovick had 45 defensive plays and only three errors.
Highlights for the middles included Jesi Izirein with 17 attacks and seven kills; Niccole Huge with 16 attacks and six kills; and outside hitter Maya Todd with 25 attacks and nine kills.
Great performances by attackers included Freya Benson with 15 attacks and three kills; Gabrielle DeMott with 17 attacks and three kills; Sadie Freisthler with 10 attacks and two kills and Zuri Howard with nine attacks and two kills.
The kills were made possible by setter Lanie DeSano-Smith with 128 sets and 34 assists.