Trojans claim sectionals

Zach Conner - PDT Sports Contributor

PORTSMOUTH- The Portsmouth Trojans volleyball team shut down the Chesapeake Panthers in the sectional championships Saturday afternoon, winning in straight sets.

Don’t let that fool you, it was closer than the score indicates. Chesapeake was able to stay in contention each set thanks to slow starts by the Trojans and a few ace serves of their own.

Head coach Sarah Prosch said her team was able to ramp up their aggression later in the sets.

“We have a hard time getting started it seems like every single game, but I just keep telling them to battle every single point and push through and stay aggressive. We’re a team that plays to win, we don’t like to play safe and I think that helps us at the end of a game when were pushing and starting to come back.”

Chesapeake charged out to leads to start both the first and third sets, while trading points with Portsmouth all the way to a 17-17 tie in the second set. Portsmouth was able to find the aggressive play they had been looking for.

Each set was closed out a strong Portsmouth come back. Solid passes from Bailey Bradley set up her teammates to finish with the hits and spikes they needed.

“I feel like Bailey Bradley did a fantastic job tonight getting most of the first passes to the setter. Our whole back row did amazing,” Prosch said of her team’s game on Saturday afternoon.

The Trojans used late set digs to neutralize hard hits from the Panthers. Portsmouth overcame a 7-5 deficit to win the first set 25-17. In the 2nd set, Portsmouth had a 16-12 lead before Chesapeake came out of a timeout to tie the set up at 17-17. Portsmouth closed out the set and won 25-22. In the third set Chesapeake had mounted a 7-3 lead, but the Trojans charged back and won the final set 25-18 and sweep the sets.

Zach Conner

PDT Sports Contributor