Pam Pack recovers from slow start, sweeps Greene Central

Published 5:34 pm Friday, August 31, 2018

The Washington volleyball team cruised to victory yesterday in its first conference game of the year, defeating Greene Central in straight sets, 25-15, 25-17, 25-23.

Washington (5-2) head coach Mallory Lee was very complimentary of her squad after the match, pointing to the second set as the Pam Pack’s high point against Greene Central (1-6).

“I think they played really well. The second set was definitely their best,” Lee said. “They were scoring their own points, they were be really aggressive at the net, hitting the holes on their court, and I think that’s what got us the win.”

It turned out to be a comfortable victory for Washington, but the Rams actually started out stronger. Greene Central jumped out to a 10-3 lead, prompting Lee to call a timeout. The break in play didn’t have the immediate effect Lee desired, as the Rams scored the next several points after the timeout.

Trailing 14-4, the tide turned for the Pam Pack when Emme Davis stepped to the service line. Using pinpoint accuracy, Davis’ serving helped Washington go on a run that saw the Pam Pack take the lead and never look back.

“Whenever (Davis) is out there, they have much more energy and much more momentum,” Lee said. “She’s a really good spot server, so I was over there telling her exactly where to place it, and she was doing that. We were moving them out and in, and I think that’s what got her such a good run.”

Along with Davis, Washington was carried by the play of Leah Spencer. The sophomore was dominant at the net, punishing the Rams with powerful spikes and blocking Greene Central shots at the net as well.

“Leah had a great game. It’s great and she’s really coming into her own,” Lee said. “She’s developing her timing; she’s a lot more consistent than she used to be. So she had a really good game and I know she’ll continue to grow. We’ve been working with her a lot about playing smart, not just swinging at everything. So I’m excited to see where she’s going to go.”

Washington will next head to LaGrange on Tuesday to face North Lenoir.