CALDWELL, NJ - With Verona at 1-2 and Mount St. Dominic at 0-4, both teams needed a win Tuesday to build momentum. Unfortunately for Verona, they failed to capitalize on this situation and gave Mount St. Dominic their first win of the season.
Early on Verona looked to be on track with an 18-12 lead. However, Mount St. Dominic ended the first game on a 13-2 run, including five unanswered points to finish the game and stall momentum for the Hillbillies.
“We had a few untimely serve-outs,” said Verona Head Coach Jeff Stiefbold. “That gave them (Mount St. Dominic’s) a little momentum.”
Again Verona looked to be in control early on in the second game when they jumped out to a 7-1 lead, but Mount St. Dominic was able to climb their way back into the game with a few kills and tie it at nine.
A controversial net call kept momentum on Mount St. Dominic’s side, giving them a 12-9 lead and letting them go on a 5-0 run. It looked like the Hillbillies had a chance, when Mount St. Dominic hit three balls out, but Verona made mistakes as well and the Hillbillies could not recapture the lead.
Sophomore Carly Waterman tried to keep Verona in the game with four aces, six service points, and ten kills on the match, including two straight aces to make it a 22-21 game, but it would not be enough to keep them from getting swept.
“I think we did well as a team staying together,” said Waterman. “We just need to work on some of our skills and not let it get to us as much as it was.”
This is a young Hillbillies team with just one senior, so younger players like Waterman have to step up and help lead.
“I try to make them (the girls) welcome on the team. I’m not someone who would make them feel uncomfortable on the court,” noted Waterman. “I try to help them in school and on the court.”
With Verona falling to 1-3, their next game will be September 17 on the road against Montclair Kimberley, who earned their first win of the season against Mount St. Dominic.
When asked how Verona would get back on track, Coach Stiefbold replied, “We need to serve better, our setting to come around, lessen our mistakes, and we should be ok.”