“They listened well tonight,” Germann said. “Defense-wise, we really played scrappy. That sometimes has been where we’ve been lacking, just never giving up on the ball. Tonight there were some plays where they were going for it and they were going to get it. I like that, that’s Steamer volleyball.”
A few times the gaps between the blockers and the back-row players for Fulton was too large, which Riverdale recognized and used to get a couple of quick points and hold off the Steamers momentum.
“Riverdale was getting blocked, and they were struggling with their hits tonight, and they were tipping a lot, so we had to make that adjustment,” Germann said.
Riverdale displayed some power but not nearly enough, and not even close to the same level of what they showed earlier in the season against the Steamers. But, the flashes they did show at the net with the kills, whether they were strong or tips, gave the Steamers a reminder that should Riverdale be given an opening, it would get points out of it.
The Steamers defense had issues with the tips into the middle that went through the early part of the second match, but communication between the players led to the Steamers making the adjustments on the fly and plugging those holes. Once they made the adjustments on defense, Fulton didn’t show any other weaknesses as they closed out Riverdale 25-21.
“We had a lot of confidence going into that second game,” Fulton Junior Jamie Huennekens said.
“We were really clicking today,” Beiermann added.
“We did really good as a team. We hustled and played really hard,” Huennekens said.
Fulton took a step forward on the season with the decisive and well-executed game that showed growth by the players on the court who were playing smart and not just going up and hitting the ball.
“We tried to play smart tonight, just trying to play a smarter game, and the girls really did that tonight,” Germann said. “They played smart, they found their holes and a kill is a kill.”
FULTON 25-25, RIVERDALE 14-21
Fulton statistical leaders
Kills — Betsy Leonard 10, Rachael Beiermann 6, Chelsea Lesniewski 3, Jamie Huennekens 3. Assists — Olivia Edfors 13, Beiermann 11. Digs — Averi Leitzen 13, Edfors 6, Lesniewski 6. Blocks — Leonard 1, Lesniewski 1. Ace serves — Edfors 2, Huennekens 1.
Sophomores — Fulton won 25-10, 25-12.
Freshmen — Fulton won 24-26, 25-21, 15-1.