LA MONTE — La Monte volleyball is 3-0 after winning in straight sets against Chilhowee and Wentworth Military Academy on Tuesday. The Lady Vikings haven’t lost a set this season.
La Monte won 25-14 and 29-27 against Chilhowee and defeated Wentworth 25-4 and 25-9. Tuesday was an opportunity for all 12 Lady Vikings to step foot onto the floor in order for them to search for what groups of girls work better together.
Sandra Arroyo, Katie Patrick, Kameron Morton, Vada DeMotte, Cathy Butts and Erin Warner were the starters to begin the night, but the remaining six girls on the roster started the second set against Chilhowee.
Sara Grotzinger got two straight aces to give La Monte a 24-17 lead in the set, but Chilhowee scored the next seven to knot it up at 24. La Monte head coach Amanda Barton decided to put her original starters back in.
“Didn’t work out as well that game,” Barton said about changing the lineup in the second set. “We kind of had a learning curve there.”
Chilhowee kept the fight going, but Patrick’s ace sealed the 29-27 win.
The two lineups against Wentworth were combinations of the ones against Chilhowee. Seniors Grotzinger and Tori Karigan started the first set instead of Morton and Warner.
“I put my three seniors in together and that’s the first time this year they’ve played together,” Barton said. “I think that will be a good combination.”
Butts is the other senior that started the first set against Wentworth.
A new set of girls took the floor to start the second set. Warner, Morton, Rachel Anderson,, Lindsey Foster, Rocio Rodriguez and Emily Knoernschild started that set for La Monte.
“We wanted to get everybody playing time,” Barton said. “I wanted to see where they land and see who sets well with who and who’s going to communicate better. Kind of use it as a learning experience for us and for the girls to work with different people.”
The Lady Vikings stayed upbeat during Tuesday’s matches, but Barton said the team is always energetic.
“We have a very easy going, they all get along, uplifting group and I love it,” she said.
Barton pointed out that Butts, Karigan and Grotzinger have become the leaders of the group.
“We have a very positive team that stands behind each other,” Barton said. “We don’t put each other down.”
The Lady Vikings will be off until Sept. 11 when they host Otterville.