December 4, 2021

Homer nets road victory over Phoenix

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PHOENIX — The Homer Central girls’ volleyball team made a long trip to Phoenix Tuesday night for OHSL Liberty American Division action.

The Trojans were challenged, but came away with a three set victory over the Firebirds by scores of 25-23, 25- 12, 25-20 to improve to 3 -1 in league matches and 5-2 overall. Phoenix slips to 0-3 in the league and 1-3 overall.

“We are really trying to take one night at a time and prepare for each individual opponent,” Homer coach Jeremy Cook said. “We work on the areas in our game that we can to improve and get better. Tonight, we had some struggles early in serve receive. Phoenix served us very tough and it took some time to adjust and get into a rhythm. the girls battled hard and won a tight first set, coming out on top and taking some great momentum into the second set
playing real well and making some real adjustments and cleaning up our side of the ball drastically.”

Allyson Natale had eight kills and eight digs to lead the Trojan attack. Celine Beaudry added seven kills, five digs and four aces while Kaia Hubbard also had seven kills and three blocks. Annika Roos delivered five kills and three blocks. Delaney Hartnett provided 25 assists, six digs and two blocks. Izzi Case led the team in digs with 15.

“An extremely even attack is something we have been talking about needing and I think we did that tonight,” Cook said.” Kaia, Annika, Celine and Allyson all had multiple kills. Delaney spread the ball around well to get all the hitters involved and Izzi and the defense passed well to get the ball to her hands.”

Homer will return to Liberty Division competition Thursday when the Trojans host Solvay. The JV match will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the varsity match to follow.

HOMER JVs posted a 25-22, 25- 19, 22-25 win at Phoenix to bump their record to 6-1 overall. Mya Updyke had six aces, three kills and three assists to garner post-game accolades. Melina Hage chipped in with four kills.