Lady Saints rout ranked opponent

Published 10:46 pm Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Lady Saints made it four straight volleyball wins in the Tidewater Conference on Thursday evening with a complete, confident sweep over visiting Norfolk Collegiate, 25-16, 25-22, 25-12.

Norfolk Collegiate is ranked No. 2 in VIS (Virginia Independent Schools) Div. II and the Lady Saints are sixth in Div. I and Norfolk Collegiate had defeated NSA in five sets earlier this season in Norfolk.

The Lady Saints were in rhythm from the start and their confidence seemed to build through the match. The only point the outcome was in doubt was during a Norfolk Collegiate run late in the second set.

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“I just told them, I had an unstoppable team tonight because everyone on the team played a part,” said NSA head coach Elizabeth Stello.

“Everyone was hitting, everyone was passing well, we just played as a true team tonight,” said Stello.

In the opening set, NSA led the whole way, mostly by a comfortable margin, after getting out to a 7-1 lead.

Norfolk Collegiate narrowed the gap momentarily, but kills by Tori Dail, Alice Persons and Margaret Davies on three straight points made it a 16-11 NSA lead.

Digs and kills from all six Lady Saints on the court was the way the night went. Five Lady Saints had between four and six kills. Parys Zambas and Drew Weitzman led the defensive effort with 11 and nine digs respectively.

Norfolk Collegiate opened set two with a 6-2 lead, but NSA quickly came back to tie the set at eight and the Lady Saints moved ahead by as much as 21-13 with eight straight points on Alyssa Grigg’s serve building the lead.

Norfolk Collegiate rallied and had a chance to tie the score at 23-23, but NSA won the critical point with a dig by Westfall, a set by Persons and a spike by Davies to make it 24-22 NSA. The Lady Oaks made a hitting error on the next point to end the set.

Westfall finished with 19 assists. Westfall and Zambas had three aces each.

The victory puts NSA (12-6, 5-2) in position to finish third in the TCIS is the Lady Saints finish the regular season with wins over Bishop Sullivan and Greenbrier Christian next week. NSA beat both squads in non-conference matches, both in three sets, earlier this season. NSA goes to Bishop Sullivan on Tuesday evening.