Dunlap volleyball opens with win

Adam Larck
Jaeden Barlow serves during the first game on Thursday night. The girls won in two sets, 25-12, 25-18.

The biggest problem for the Dunlap volleyball team may not have been during the game, but before it even started.

“They had some pre-game jitters to start, a couple of players in particular, but they did well,” head coach Jennifer Bartlett said.

Once they got on the court, though, you could never tell it. The girls team easily handled Galesburg in straight sets at home, 25-12, 25-18.

The first set started with points being traded before Dunlap finally settled in halfway through with a five point rally.

Bartlett attributed this to having the team focus on getting rallies of points.

“I kind of tried to take the focus off them and performing and put it on concentrating on them doing one series of things, and pushing towards one goal,” she said. “The goal was getting sets of points from each server. Each server’s goal was to have two plus serves.”

After another rally by Dunlap pushed the score to 22-11, the Silver Streaks could not recover. An ace eventually gave the Eagles the first game.

The second game followed a similar pattern to the first, with the teams trading points early on before Dunlap settled into their rhythm. However,

Galesburg would get one final four-point rally before falling, 25-18.

Brooke Langan led the team with five kills, while Elizabeth Finerty had 16 assists. Danielle Peterson had a team-high four digs.

Finerty also finished with three aces, and three players had one block.

“I thought going in, probably our serving and our blocking were our two weakest points. Looking back, blocking-wise, it really surprised me. But, we’re going to continue pushing a lot of defense, blocking and, of course, serving.”

Before the varsity played, both the freshman (19-25, 25-20, 15-8) and sophomore (25-12, 21-25, 15-7) teams picked up wins.