GENESEO -- The Alleman volleyball team made a late-season charge a year ago before falling to Orion in three sets in a regional semifinal. The Pioneers opened up their season Tuesday evening by defeating Geneseo in straight sets, 25-17 and 25-19.|
"Our girls were ready to work hard this season," Alleman coach Jody Bell said. "They wanted to build on that momentum we had at the end of the season. This is a good start."
Alleman was able to carry over its momentum from a season ago. The Pioneers went down 2-0 in both sets, but were able to string together four or more points five times in the two sets. Including three different times in the first set.
"When we get points in a row, it gets us thinking positive and gets us going," Alleman senior Isabel Watts said.
The Pioneers know this is just the start to a long road ahead, but they feel as if they have the tools to make it a successful season.
"We are really motivated to win and push teams to the limit," Bell said.
Geneseo nearly forced a third set by winning eight of the final 11 points, but the Pioneers were able to squash the Leafs' comeback attempt.
"I think even when Geneseo started making a run in that second set, we didn't panic," Bell said.. We stayed aggressive and we were still playing to win and not just playing to finish the game."
Alleman hopes its depth comes in handy the rest of the season.
"There isn't a play on the bench that I'm not confident in," Bell said. "I'd like to get some more early leads so we can get more of those girls in."
Geneseo coach Khloe Beaird saw things she thinks the team can build on.
"I'm pleased with how we played for it being our first match. Toward the end of the game, I saw what the girls can do and what I see at practice," Beaird said. "I'm pleased with the second set and how they stayed in it and came back."
She also sees things her young team needs to work on. "I think we were a little bit nervous," Beaird said. "We definitely need to work on our communication and work on different plays."
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