Bobcats sweep Manton

Brethren celebrates a point during the second set, which finished 25-20. From left: Sarah Wayward (8), Megan Wayward, Whitney Dean (6), Kalin Finan and Naomi Mason (10). (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Brethren celebrates a point during the second set, which finished 25-20. From left: Sarah Wayward (8), Megan Wayward, Whitney Dean (6), Kalin Finan and Naomi Mason (10). (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

BRETHREN — Brethren volleyball is piling up the wins early in 2015.

The Bobcats swept Manton in three straight sets 25-18, 25-20, and 25-23 to improve to 10-4-1 on the season.

The Bobcats were able to dominate the action for a majority of the match, despite a late rally from the Rangers.

“There were a couple times where we let them control the ball,” senior Sheldin Wilks said. “We had to work a bit to get the control back.”

Wilks led the squad with 14 assists. She also had help from Naomi Mason who had a 7 serve streak along with 2 aces and 6 kills. Megan Wayward also had a strong evening with 2 aces and 7 kills.

“They all did it tonight. Every single one of them. They all played with everything they had tonight and they played their best,” Brethren coach Rachel Edmondson said.

Both player and coach were pleased with how the team has been improving in the first few weeks of the season.

“I think we’re so much better than we were a couple of weeks ago. We finally have put everything into a system that we can get it in every time,” Wilks said.

“I’m excited because we had some plays that they’ve been working on for a while, and we finally were able to put them into practice,” Edmondson said. “For instance, we were able to run a quick-outside hit. I love that they did it and they made a score on it. Just the fact that they were willing to get out of their comfort zone a little bit with the things we’ve been working on and played it out on the court — that was what was exciting.”

Despite the positive result, Edmondson sees room for her squad to improve before the the conference schedule, which starts in two weeks.

“Our hitting and our net game is something we’re going to work on. We still can strengthen that. We need to make sure we’re really closing on those blocks and have quick movement. But our net game is really strong, so we just need to keep swinging,” Edmondson said. “Now we just need to adjust a little bit for some of those short ones, the right in the middle of a hole shots.”

The Bobcats will return to action Thursday, Sept. 17 at home against Buckley, followed by three more home games after that, Pentwater on Sept. 22, Mason County Eastern on Sept. 24 and Big Rapids Crossroads Academy on Sept. 29.

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Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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