“I think that was probably where we capitalized tonight, was our serving,” Fulton coach Stacy Germann said. “Being able to get them out of system with that, I think that was probably their weakest point tonight, but other than that they played a really tight game.”
In the first they were able to keep up with Erie, exploiting that weakness and in the second game used it to get out to a 5-1 lead, which they held onto into the mid-teens.
“We practice serve-receive a lot,” Beiermann said. “You can’t start anything without a pass, so that’s the biggest thing. We definitely work on that a lot. That really helps out with our setting to get it to our hitters, so it’s nice when that’s on.”
The Cardinals weathered that fast start, though, pleasing Murphy.
“They kept their composure when Fulton had a few points in a row,” she said. “They battled back.”
The second match had a different pace than the first game. Both teams went on a couple of 5-0 runs as the momentum swung both ways but ended with the Cardinals. Erie was able to pull away from the Steamers in both matches with their strong hitting and solid defense behind them.
“We had some good kills,” Germann stated, “but Erie played some tough defense tonight. It seemed like every, not every hard hit that we had, but a lot of them, they (Erie) would dig up.”
They also took advantage of the Steamers not being able to close off the block at the net.
“We weren’t closing good enough. Every time it would just go between us and we just weren’t closing it. It was frustrating,” said Beiermann, who wasn’t the only one who displeased with the Steamers’ blocking on the night.