Junior Casey McLean (left) and senior Kayla Shaw celebrate after a point. Shaw had her first three kills of the season Wednesday night.

There was much to be improved after the match at Wiregrass Ranch on Monday said volleyball coach Laura Stegenga. She was much more pleased after Wednesday night’s match—a 25-6, 25-3, 25-11 victory over the struggling Leto Falcons (0-2).

The Warriors improved to 3-0 on the year, having won every set they’ve played in the process.

Steinbrenner sophomore Lauren Heldt reemerged after an impressive freshman effort last season, reaching seven kills for the first time this year with no attacking errors. Heldt also amassed nine aces with one service error, a feat equaled by senior Madison Seuzeneau.

Setter Casey McLean led the way with 17 assists and only one error, while sophomore Brooke Royals reached eight assists with no errors off the bench.

Senior Kayla Shaw, a member of last year’s varsity team, came off the bench as well and moved up from her normal back-line position to the net. From there she struck her first three kills of the season and tacked on three more aces, all with no errors.

“I think we played very good; I don’t think we really stooped down to their level. We kept ourselves up and we did a great job,” said Shaw. “I usually don’t play front row at all, so our coaches wanted to change it up, some of our hitters played middle when they usually play outside and vice versa. It was fun.”

Steinbrenner (1-0 in the league) is currently tied atop the 7A District 9 league standings with the Chamberlain Chiefs (1-0 in the league). Unlike Steinbrenner, the Chiefs have dropped three sets on their way to the 3-0 record.

 

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The Warriors next game is at home against Robinson who ranked 242 in the state after last year, going 18-11 with a regional semi-final run. Steinbrenner was 52 in the state after last year.

Zealand Shannon / Sports Editor

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