Volleyball: Despite Sweep at Ypsilanti, Saline Coaches Demand More

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 09/14/2016 - 01:05

Saline’s varsity volleyball team swept Ypsilanti to improve to 17-1 this season. Saline won 25-4, 25-10 and 25-13.

On the attack, Olivia Hesse led Saline with 11 kills. Maddie Whitfield landed seven kills and had three blocks. Olivia Vance had six kills. At the service line the Hornets were led by Mickaley Monahan, who had five aces. Ammon served four aces. Ammon had 20 assists. Brianna Woods had seven assists.

Despite the dominance, the coaches weren’t pleased with the girls’ performance.

“We started well but at times we lacked focus and were a little sloppy. We need to be consistent with that focus and effort,” head coach Kenny Seiler said. “We’ve got a tournament this weekend against tough competition and we need to be at our best.”

Seiler said the team needs to be aggressive on the attack. He wants to see more swings Maddie Whitfield’s match-ending spike.

Saline dominated the first set and gave up more points when some of the younger players entered the game, but Seiler said age and lack of experience aren't an excuse.

"We're very demanding as a coaching staff. We expect consistency from our seniors, juniors and sophomores," Seiler said.

The Saline Post 3 Stars:

  1. Olivia Hesse – Led the attack and played well in the front row and back.
  2. Maddie Whitfield – Whitfield’s spike was an emphatic conclusion to Tuesday’s game. It isn’t just about the points Whitfield scores, it’s about the points the other team doesn’t even try when she’s at the net.
  3. Zoey Ammon – Wasn’t as perfect but did a nice job putting the ball in the wheelhouse for Hesse, Whitfield and Vance. She keeps teams on their toes by dropping well-placed tips for points.


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