It’s a perfect 10-0 as Lady Deer sink North Shore in three
Sure, she called one of her brief timeouts after a rough stretch and sure it was a bit of a struggle to get out the broom.
But when it was all said and done, Deer Park volleyball head coach Cortni Cox was glad for the challenge her club received.
More like them are coming in the state playoffs now that the Lady Deer have officially clinched.
With the finish line in sight, Deer Park remained perfect for the District 21-6A campaign, following a 3-0 win over North Shore at the North campus Tuesday night.
The Lady Deer kept up their string of 3-0 victories thanks to the 25-12, 26-16, 25-22 scores.
“North Shore started blocking, they started hitting and so we needed the challenge. It’s good for us to see teams that get us ready for the playoffs,” Cox said.
She was referring to Game 3, the contest where Deer Park, aside from a 1-0 lead, trailed the entire game until a 6-0 run turned a 20-16 deficit into a 22-20 advantage.
But Deer Park’s athleticism and skill up and down the roster in a host of volleyball areas never permit opponents to stray too far away on the scoreboard.
Hannah Baker and Courtney Plocheck co-led the team with seven kills.
With her five blocks that produced points, McKenzie Morvant looked very strong at the net. It may have not gone by the books, but her sweetest block was the one-handed stuff that produced a 21-7 lead in Game 1.
Deer Park did have an off-night with its serves. North Shore finished with four service errors to Deer Park’s eight. Of North Shore’s opening 15 points, 33 percent of the Lady Mustangs’ points were due to Deer Park muffs at the serving line.
Deer Park’s eighth one took away the importance of a Hope Hawthorne kill that stopped Kalynn Gray in her tracks as server.
Highlighted by some nice-looking sinker serves, Gray held serve for four points during a 5-0 run that produced a 7-2 Game 3 North Shore lead, prompting Deer Park’s only timeout in the match.
Still unable to cut into the deficit and North Shore up 20-16, Baker held serve for five points during the 6-0 run.
A pair of whistles against the Mustangs made it 20-18, before Plocheck’s final kill gave Deer Park its first lead in Game 3 since that 1-0 score. It was sandwiched around two Baker aces.
North Shore’s fourth service error made it 23-21, before an Amiyah Woods shot into the net led the Lady Deer to game point, which they got after alertly playing a ball off the net from a serve.
The Lady Deer took control of Game 1 with six unanswered points. Two North Shore hitting errors to go with kills by Hawthorne and Baker led to a 13-3 lead.
With the score 15-7, Kendall Nance served for five points and got the assist on a Baker kill. Morvant’s one-handed block kept Nance as server until a North Shore blocked ended it.
In Game 2, Deer Park needed just three rotations to create a 9-2 lead. However, it was about midway through Game 2 that North Shore began to play tougher.
The two teams battled to a 10-10 tie after Deer Park scored 15 of the first 21 points and then came the hard-fought Game 3.
“All my players got to play. I kind of shuffled them around, let them play different positions that they’re not used to. That’s good because in the playoffs you never know who’s going to play where. Overall, I’m glad they fought back,” Cox said.