“Erie did a good job of mixing their hits between line and cross,” Leonard said. “If we set up to block cross they would hit line, and if we didn’t get over there fast enough it was right through the gap. It was really frustrating.”
Germann added her thoughts on the Steamers’ issues at the net as well.
“We had a big gap inbetween our block tonight,” she said “Some of what that attributes to is Erie has got some pretty hard hitters, and a lot of times when you have such force coming at you it pushed your hands back.”
That issue plagued the Steamers in both games and kept them from overtaking the Cardinals on the night. The hard hits and mix between line and cross-court kills from Erie made it hard for the Steamers to get their blockers in the right position ,leaving gaps between the blockers or between the blockers. Rus and Cobert were able to find those gaps most of the night, exploiting the holes.
“Rus could hit that line nicely,” Beiermann said, noting the athleticism of her opponent.
Fulton (4-12, 4-6 conference) heads across the river this weekend for a tournament in Goose Lake at Northeast High School and will look to get back to its winning ways.
ERIE 25-25, FULTON 20-18
Kills -- Erie, Peyton Rus 11, Rachel Cobert 6; Fulton, Betsy Leonard 6, Rachael Beiermann 6, Chelsea Lesniewski 3. Assists -- Erie, Mary Chapman 15, Megan Heun 3; Fulton, Beiermann 8, Olivia Edfors 7. Digs -- Erie, Courtney Cobert 12, Savannah Mettler 9; Fulton, Averi Leitzen 6, Lesniewski 6, Marla Stoecker 3. Blocks -- Erie, R. Cobert 1; Fulton, Leonard 1, Lesniewski 1. Ace serves -- Erie, Chapman 2; Fulton, Jamie Huennekens 1, Beiermann 1.
Sophomores -- Fulton won 25-16, 25-16.
Freshmen -- Fulton won 25-15, 22-25, 15-10.
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