CAMANCHE — There isn’t a coach in Iowa who wouldn’t love pairing a top hitter in 2012 with a well-seasoned senior setter. That’s what Camanche coach Josh Davis has going for him this fall, and the setter-hitter combo of Kylie Vogel and Libby Schnoor was in full effect during Tuesday’s home season opener.
Schnoor (the team leader in kills last year) may be an outside hitter, but she showed her abilities to hit almost anywhere at the net. Getting her cues from Vogel, Schnoor unloaded an arsenal of swings on Prince of Peace from virtually every spot in the front row. The Indians swept the Irish 25-6, 25-8, 25-3, and the win set Schnoor on a pace to shatter her 217 kill total from last season.
“We’ve been playing together for so long that we just know what to do without even talking,” Schnoor said of her relationship with Vogel. She tallied a match-high 18 kills alongside Vogel’s 28 assists. “Our goal right now is to take our new conference by storm.”
Vogel exploited the Irish’s young blockers by sending Schnoor on inside shoot sets and even wrapping her around to the right side on a few plays. The hitter saw mostly unformed blocks or one-on-one matchups; it resulted in a number of explosive cross-court rips. Schnoor’s biggest bounce came in Set 1, when she slammed an open-netter, courtesy Vogel’s inside set, to go up 15-5. The play forced a Prince of Peace timeout.
“I really wanted to open well. The first and the last (kills) I think were my favorites,” Schnoor said.
“Starting this year off on the right foot with the experience we have is something we needed to do,” Davis said. “When (Schnoor’s) number is called, she’s going to get us points. And I thought Kylie did a good job of getting the ball to the right spots.”