After opening the season with a three-set sweep, the Sandwich volleyball team has not won a set since.
Visiting Dartmouth in a nonleague match on Wednesday, September 11, Sandwich fell to the Indians, 25-19, 25-16, and 25-11, for its second-straight loss in the young season.
Senior libero Jade Ferguson held the defensive line with 15 passes, described as perfect by second-year head coach Rachel Frederickson, and added another 15 digs under pressure against Dartmouth. Classmate Nina Sundermeyer had five digs on defense.
Junior Paula Tanguilig had seven digs while setter Delaney Jensen had six digs.
The Knights struggled on the attack line, according to Frederickson, totaling only five kills in the three sets combined. Two of them came from freshman Maddie Ocampo, whom the head coach named the player of the game. Ocampo also added three blocks.
Senior captain Meghan Heyer added two kills with two blocks in the loss. Dartmouth setter Cierra Yim reached 1,500 assists for her career during the game.
Bishop Stang 3, Sandwich 0
The Knights were swept at home against Bishop Stang on Monday, September 9.
Facing the Spartans in a nonleague match, Sandwich lost in three sets 25-14, 25-22, and 25-15.
Sundermeyer had four assists and a five-point service run in the second set that proved to be the most competitive of the match. Senior captain Marie McManamin tallied up two aces, three kills, and a block.
Jensen had six assists and was consistent with her serves, according to Frederickson. Ferguson had 22 digs to lead the team defensively while Heyer netted three points to go with her four kills in the game.
“Although it was our first loss, we didn’t go down without a fight,” Frederickson said.
Sandwich 3, Sturgis East 0
Sandwich opened the regular season in convincing fashion against Sturgis East.
Hosting the Navigators last Thursday, September 5, the Knights scored a 3-0 sweep, winning 25-18, 26-24 and 25-21 for their first win of the season.
Heyer led the offense with five kills and a block while Evelyn Orman, hitting on the right side, tallied four points on the attack and added one kill while also helping out at the setter position.
Ferguson had herself a strong defensive game, totaling 15 digs while serving up two aces. Sundermeyer, also a senior, filled out the stat sheet with 11 digs, five assists and two aces. Jensen, a sophomore captain, had a strong game with 10 assists and nine digs.
“We played a strong serving and ball control game. I’m glad our first game gets marked down as a win,” Frederickson said in an email.
Sandwich (1-3, 1-0 C&I) hosts St. John Paul II on Friday, September 13,at 5:30 PM.