BY WILL WILLEMS
DOVER — The Western Boone volleyball team had no problems in their Sagamore Conference opener on Thursday.
The Stars cruised past Southmont 3-0 (25-8, 25-12, 25-16) to improve to 2-0 on the season and 1-1 in the Sagamore Conference.
“Our tempo was really good tonight,” Western Boone head coach Laura Lawson said. “We worked on that in practice and we were able to get kills easier.”
It was the second-straight straight-sets victory for the Stars.
Lawson said they wanted to make sure they started the season off on the right foot this week.
“This is what we wanted to do to start the season,” Lawson said. “Our summer went really well and with six seniors and most of the varsity coming back we wanted to have an easy transition to the start of the season and so far we have.”
Playing a conference-match so early in what will be a three-month season isn’t alwaysideal. But Lawson said the the Stars have embraced it the past several seasons and now have confidence moving forward.
“It gives us a confidence boost heading into some of tho se later conference matches,” Lawson said. “We know that we are already 1-0 in the conference and got the first one out of the way.”
Callie Gubera led the Stars with 12 kills and four blocks.
Callahan Baxter had seven kills and three blocks, while Emma Rolf added six kills.
Claire Fuller had three kills, Talyn Guinn had two kills, and Lexie Raby and Emily Toney had one each.
Raby added 27 assists on the night.
With every girl on the roster contributing to the victory, spirits were high on the team throughout the match.
Lawson said when her team is staying loose and having fun, they are a better team.
“The seniors are such a fun group,” Lawson said. “We have a lot of fun and you can see the girls personalities out on the court. They work hard and play even better when they are having fun.”
Western Boone will head to the Cardinal Ritter Invite on Saturday.
Lawson said winning the first two matches the way they did allowed them to prepare for the tough challenge ahead.
“We were really working on getting ready for this weekend,” Lawson said. “We have the Ritter Invite and play Mount Vernon, Ritter and Guerin Catholic. These first two matches were good practice to work on our serve receive and other things we wanted to clean up before Saturday.”
The Star coach said there would be several keys if the Stars wanted to continue to excel in the invitational like they have in recent years.
“We definitely have to have good blocking,” Lawson said. “All the teams have good hitters. We have to keep our tempo fast. We aren’t a tall team so we have to be speedy.”
Lawson added that playing three matches in a day is something that can be benefitial for her team at this point of the season.
“It will be good mental practice for us having three matches in a row,” Lawson said. “We haven’t been tested with our mental toughness yet, so Saturday will be a good day for that. Other than, we are going to work on some swing blocking on the outside and being ready for their attacks.”
The Invitational on Saturday begins at 9 a.m.
STAR SENIOR Callahan Baxter gets a kill against the Mounties.
WESTERN BOONE’S Emma Rolf goes up for a block against Southmont on Thursday.