Tioga County Sports Report
NEWARK VALLEY — Kelsey O'Donnell is no stranger to the Newark Valley volleyball court, but did experience a first here Thursday evening. She collected her first victory as the Cardinals' varsity head coach.
The former NV player and JV coach was pleased with the team's 3-0 win over Watkins Glen, which included scores of 25-11, 25-11 and 25-19.
"First win, first home game," she said. "We started off the season against Tioga, but honestly, even though we lost, we played crazy good against them. We were just as fast-paced. They were playing well, spiking hard, so I'm glad we got the win today. I'd like it to be even more in tense next time, but I'll take any win I can get."
NV dominated the first two sets, but the Senecas made the home team work a little harder to pick up the sweep.
"It's easier to keep it up (intensity) when it's like neck-and-neck and you're like back-and-forth, or even if they're like one step ahead of you," O'Donnell said. "If a team is anywhere below you at all, it's hard to keep up that intensity and that's something we need to work on. That's something we're going to address tomorrow in practice."
Emma Graves recorded eight kills, five aces, two assists and a dig; Allie Wandell had six kills, six aces, eight assists and four digs; Chelsie Fuller had four kills, two assists and a dig; and Libby Northrop added four aces and three assists.
Jordan Stiffarm contributed four kills, an ace and a dig; Kayla Malarkey had three assists, a kill and an ace; Kimi Mertson had four aces; Leah Hartenstein had two aces; and Kate Maine added an assist.
While it was a nice team win, there were a few players who stood out for O'Donnell.
"Emma Graves is probably one of my top hitters. She's a beast in the front row if you haven't noticed and I would say Allie Wandell is one of my main setters. She can set up all these different types of crazy trick-shot sets and push to a corner and yet she can still get all my kills as well. She covers a lot of ground. And Jordan Stiffarm is my libero, so she's typically all over the court, diving and doing pretty good back there.
"I'm looking forward to the rest of the season."
NV (1-1) heads to Lansing Tuesday.
IN PHOTO 1: Newark Valley's Chelsie Fuller. ... PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR
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