Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.
Allie Mattingly has to make a lot of them as the setter for the NorthWood High School girls volleyball team.
The junior made the right ones Thursday night as the Panthers notched a 25-18, 25-14, 22-25, 25-16 NLC win at Concord.
“This team has a lot of potential,” NorthWood coach Hilary Rebber. “We have a lot of hitters so the setter has a lot of decisions to make.”
Mattingly dished out 43 assists in the match. Leading hitters for the winners were seniors Hanna Stump 17 kills and Savannah Bley 12.
“Mattingly has the option of where to go with the ball,” Rebber said.
“She tries to go to the hitter with the hot hand. Having multiple options is a nice problem for her and for me to have.”
Mattingly’s play drew praises from the Concord coach.
“She is a phenomenal setter,” coach Laurie Rhoades said. “The best I have ever seen around here. She went to her knees to set balls tonight.”
Not to be overshadowed by her teammates was NorthWood’s senior libero Maddie Schwartz who contributed 17 digs.
“She is very quick and gets to the ball really fast,” Rebber said. “Teams can rarely dump the ball on us since she gets to the ball so fast. She had the ability to make reads on where the ball is going.”
Schwartz made an impressive play late in the first set that helped her team by diving to the floor and just barely getting one hand underneath the ball before it hit to keep the play going.
“That was a big play,” Rebber said.
“I read the hitter’s arm,” Schwartz said. “I saw the ball, ran up and waited to the last possible second to dive. You have to know where your blockers are and sees the gap where the hitter might go.”
She considers defense her contribution to the team.
“I’m happy for any of my teammates when they make a good play,” Schwartz. “If my defense contributes a little I’m happy with that.”
Concord has a young squad with only three seniors — Kennadie Lopez, Natalie Schiavone and Mitzi Supper — on the varsity roster.
“We are a work in progress,” Rhoades said. “We have nine girls that are new to the varsity this season.”
Concord jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third set. NorthWood led only twice in the entire set at 5-4 and 17-16. Concord sophomore Ciana Bonfiglio served two straight points to give her team a 19-17 advantage.
NorthWood tied the score 19-19 on a tip by Stump. Concord regained the upper hand at 20-19 when NorthWood was called for a double hit. Concord clinched the set on a kill by freshman Francesca Rodino.
“We changed up our lineup in the third set. We are still in the process of figuring things out,” Rhoades said.
The Concord coach was impressed with the NorthWood team.
“They are the real deal. They have a lot of horses,” Rhoades said. “I was glad to see us take a game off them.
“We have to be aggressive in our serves and control our mistakes. We don’t have the size to overpower any team.”
Schwartz agrees her team has potential.
I think we can be great,” she said.
“We have to work on our consistency and not let the mistakes pile up on us. We knew coming out for the fourth set we had to play better than we had in the third.”
Aces — Brynne Flickinger 4, Allie Mattingly 4, Savannah Bley 4. Assists — Allie Mattingly 43. Kills —Hanna Stump 17, Savannah Bley 12. Digs — Maddie Schwartz 17, Allie Mattingly 12, Hanna Stump 12. Blocks — Hanna Stump 2, Morgan Olson 2.
Aces — Ciana Bonfiglio 2. Assists — Holyn Eldridge 16, Natalie Schiavone 9. Kills — Holly Angel 9, Gabby Staggs 5, Francesca Rodino 4. Digs — Kennadie Lopez 12, Ciana Bonfiglio 10, Jade Ivagnilio 9. Blocks — Gabby Staggs 3 (1 solo).
Records: NorthWood (7-2, 1-0 NLC) hosts South Bend Riley Tuesday. Concord (6-6, 0-1) hosts South Bend Adams Tuesday.
JV: NorthWood won 25-17, 21-25, 15-6. (NorthWood leaders: Blakely Lengacher 4 aces, 5 digs, 5 kills; Nancy Rice 3 aces, 16 assists;McKenna Mikel 11 digs, 7 kills; Cassy Searer 8, Ashley Yoder 4 kills, 2 assists; Katie Rohr 1 solo block, 1 assisted; Leah Tuttle 1 solo block, 1 assist. Concord leaders: Nicky Chupp 3 aces, 4 kills, 11 digs, 4 assists; Lillie Schiavone 9 kills, 2 solo blocks, 2 assisted; Maddi Jackowiak 13 digs, Jessica Leiter 10 digs, McKenzie Loge 4 assists; Baylie Queener 1 assisted block).
Panther setter Allie Mattingly hands out 43 assists in conference win
Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.
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