The Saline Hornets (32-12-3 overall, 8-3 SEC) returned to winning ways at Skyline Tuesday night, earning a hard-fought victory, 26-24, 28-30, 25-21 and 25-14
Versatile Saline junior Ani Agbabian had a big night for the Hornets, with 12 kills and 13 digs. Agbabian said the victory was needed after hitting a rough patch.
“Our team needed to come out here and pull together after a couple rough practices and a couple tough losses,” Agbabian said. “We came together as a team and earned a win tonight.”
They did so without Kenzie Shand, Hornet senior who has missed a couple weeks while nursing an injury. The team has struggled without Shand in the lineup. Agbabian said the Hornets needed to show they could find a way to win.
“We really miss her. So we need girls to step up and that’s what we did tonight,” Agbabian said.
Kara Rogers, Jess Wolma and Margo Main helped fill Shand’s shoes. Rogers had 16 kills and played her best when the Hornets needed it most, during the all-important third game. Wolma had 11 kills and four blocks. Main recorded six kills and four blocks. Taylor Whitling had 39 assists. Mallory Luke had 14 digs and Natalie Sheridan had 12 digs.
Coach Lisa Shea agreed it was an important win.
“I am very, very happy for the girls tonight. It was a team win against a very tough team,” Shea said “The first three sets were nip and tuck the whole way. I loved how we hung in there and fought every point.”
Shea credited the Hornets’ service receive.
“It got us into our attack all night long, and I've been telling the girls that when our serve receive gets us those types of swings we are hard to beat,” Shea said. “It was fun to watch them compete tonight."
Agbabian plays an important role on the Hornets, where she provides big hits in the front row and stellar defense in the back row. She said the team is taking aim at a district championship.
“It’s our number one goal and we’re working really hard in the gym every day to reach that goal.