“We expected her to be a good jump server, but we were not on the top of our games and she caught us off-guard,’’ Armstrong-Potomac coach Candy Franzen said. “Our mental and physical errors caught us off-balance.’’
According to Marganski, who had a team-high 17 assists to go along with two kills and one block, the goal for the Hilltoppers is to play as clean as possible in every match.
That first set was exactly what they have been striving for, and even though the Hilltoppers won the second set 25-16, they still see some areas that need improvement.
Crane said that she wants to see her offense play a little faster and more aggressive.
“We’ve been working on that in practice and that will come the more we work on it,’’ said Marganski, a senior. “We have a lot of ways to go with that.
“We need to do a better job of converting that good first set into the second set. That is something that will also come with more match experience.’’
In the second set, Schlarman was guilty of eight hitting errors while the Hilltoppers recorded just nine kills. In the first set, Schlarman had 14 kills and just one hitting error.
“We just made more errors and that got us sidetracked,’’ said Marion. “But, it still feels great to get a victory.’’
Rachel Miles had a team-high four kills for the Trojans, while Morgan Zindars had eight assists.
“We are progressing,’’ Franzen said. “We are working on keeping the intensity through out the match, instead of the ups-and-downs that can happen in volleyball.
“We wanted to play a faster tempo game and that didn’t happen tonight. Our passing game wasn’t what it usually has been and that kept us from running an offensive play.’’
Both teams will hit the road on Thursday for conference matches. Armstrong-Potomac plays at Salt Fork, while Schlarman is at Hoopeston.