By Jim Horvath
Due to a storm-related power outage, the varsity volleyball match between Bay and Rocky River was postponed until Friday afternoon.
All it seemed to do was delay the inevitable as the Rockets dominated from start to finish in a 25-14, 25-12, 25-17 decision over the visiting Pirates.
With the win, the state-ranked Rockets moved to 9-1 overall and a perfect 6-0 in the West Shore Conference. Next up for Bay is the Independence Invitational Saturday.
“They are going to be hard to beat,” said River head coach Kelly Bennett. “They’re really scrappy on defense and picked up a lot of the tips and rolls we sent at them. And they definitely did the job at the net, especially in the first set.
“I thought we were mentally ready, but after that first set we definitely got our eyes opened,” Bennett added as her team fell to 7-4 overall and 4-2 in the WSC.
With a modest 6-4 lead in the first set, the Rockets took off on a 9-4 run that included a pair of aces by Claire Wilson and another by Marissa Radick that resulted in a River timeout. The Pirates stayed close at 19-13, but Bay closed it out with a 6-1 run.
It was more of the same in the next two sets, with the Rockets taking advantage of numerous River hitting errors. In the third set alone, the Pirates committed 12 unforced errors as their hosts made them pay with 5 Radick kills.
In fact, the combination of Wilson, Radick and middles Rachel Vick and Bridget Durham proved effective the entire match.
“We have a very unselfish team that doesn’t care who gets the credit,” said Bay head coach Tony Tahan. “That’s one of the things that’s makings stronger this season. The girls really support one another.”
“It feels really good to be playing this well early in our season,” Vick beamed. “It’s exciting for all of us, and we’re hoping to keep getting better the closer we get to the tournament.”