Galway sweeps Mayfield in WAC matchup

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Galway’s Emma Smith (5) and Samantha Grant (19) go up for a blocking attempt against Mayfield’s Samantha Kent during Tuesday’s Western Athletic Conference match at Mayfield High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

MAYFIELD — The Galway service game coupled with a pair of key injuries proved to be too much to overcome for the Mayfield volleyball team.

Facing the Golden Eagles in an early showdown of a pair of teams predicted to be among the top Class D teams when it comes to the Section II sectional tournament, Mayfield came up on the short end of the 3-0 score Tuesday at Mayfield High School.

Galway (3-1 overall, 3-1 WAC) recorded 16 aces as it topped the Lady Panthers (4-2 overall, 3-1 WAC) on game scores of 25-14, 25-21 and 25-6.

“We missed only five serves in the second game and two in the third game,” Galway coach Michael Glenn said. Mayfield is a good team and they worked hard but I think the second game took a lot out of them.”

In the opening game of the match, neither team could put together an extended run of over three-straight points, however Galway’s defense earned quick side outs to claim the 25-14 victory.

Game 2 proved to be the showdown expected between the teams.

In a game that saw the teams deadlocked in the scoring 13 times and with three lead changes, the Lady Eagles prevailed 25-21.

However, in the game, the Panthers suffered a setback that would ultimately prove to figure into the match results.

“We lost two big hitters [Mikayla Myers and Samantha Kent] with injuries and had to insert a couple of players who don’t normally get a lot of playing time,” Mayfield coach Eileen Rovito said.

Mayfield stayed close early in the third game, but a nine-point, three-ace run from Schuyler Arnold and a seven-point run from Abigail Pritchard was enough to lift Galway to a 25-6 win and complete the sweep.

“They worked hard,” Rovito said. “We have a couple of injuries take us out of our game and we could not recover from that in time.”

Emma Smith led Galway with 11 kills, 10 service points, to aces and 15 digs, while Samantha Grant had five blocks and seven kills and Lindsay Zawisa finished with eight kills, 11 points, 10 digs and three aces. Arnold finished with 11 points, six aces and 17 assists, while Pritchard had 15 digs, 11 points, five aces and three kills and Hannah Bramer chipped in with 16 assists.

For the host Lady Panthers Myers had six kills and Kent recorded two kills and six digs before being sidelined with injuries in the second game. Emily Mormando finished with seven digs, eight assists, three points and a kill, while Isabelle Henderson had four points and two aces and Katie LaGrange finished with 11 digs and an ace.

Mayfield will return to WAC play with a divisional match against Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, while Galway will travel to take on Berne-Knox-Westerlo on Thursday.

By Paul Wager

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