Rockridge beats Mercer County in two games

Robert Blackford/Editor
Members of the Mercer County volleyball team join hands during the National Anthem.

The Rockridge Rockets improved to 13-6 on the season Monday night when they beat Mercer County in two games 25-11 and 26-24. Mercer County fell to 6-8 with the loss.

"I think when the girls know the caliber of team they are playing they come out intimidated and don't play to their potential. The second game proved it. They just don't believe it yet," said Katie Jenkins, head coach of the Golden Eagles.

Jenkins added, " I thought our passers played well picking up their hits. They (Rockridge) have some huge hitters. I thought Kimi (Nelson) and Bailey (Krstic) played well in the front row. Nelson was putting the ball wherever she wanted."

Kills from Caitlin McVay powered the Rockets attack early in the contest as they burst out to a 9-3 lead.

The Golden Eagles fought back and a kill from Kimi Nelson cut the Rockets' lead to 11-7.

Genna Flaherty's serving pushed the Rockets lead to 16-7.  Mercer County couldn't construct an offense to challenge the Rockets in the first game.

The second game was a back and fourth affair. The Rockets head a small lead throughout the beginning minutes of the contest but a pair of kills from Bailey Krstic tied the score at 12-12. The Golden Eagles took a lead of 15-13 at one point. The contest grew tighter still as the two teams tied at 15, 16, 17 and 18.

Mercer County broke ahead behind Rachel Hawk's serving and took 22-18 lead near the end of the match.

Points from Flaherty and Daisy Bower helped the Rockets tied the score at 23.  A kill from Taylor Cullen gave the Rockets a 25-24 advantage and they won the final point as well.

Rocket coach Mary Strachan was happy with the win but felt the team could have passed better. "I would have liked to see us pass better, especially during the second game. We've had some illnesses. Hopefully we'll peak in the second half.

Strachan said she was happy with where the team is at right now. "We started out with Riverdale and played crazy good. Now we are trying to maintain some consistency.