Marshfield’s volleyball team only allowed North Eugene to serve five times in the opening game of their match on Thursday, blasting the visiting Highlanders.
The Pirates won 25-5, 25-18, 25-13 to improve to 5-1 in Midwestern League play behind 5-0 Churchill.
“That’s the team we’re used to,” said Marshfield senior Brea Mosieur. “That’s the team we need to be. We really came together tonight.
“We have a great coach,” she added about coach Tammie Montiel. “And she really helps us push through.”
Marshfield set the tone early.
North Eugene’s only lead in the first game was 1-0 after a Marshfield net violation — from then on it was all Pirates. Marshfield took the lead 3-2 on a kill from Peyton Babb, then Babb had a marathon serving session.
She served 20 straight points, with Hannah Olson, Mosieur and setter Lauren McGowne dominating at the net with kills and blocks.
The Highlanders had a pair of blocks to make it 23-4, but Mosieur answered with a kill to force game point. Olson missed her jump serve, newly unveiled for the game, but North Eugene’s Janet Zornek also missed, giving the Pirates the first game by a wide margin.
“It was nice to start off as strong as we did,” Montiel said. “We didn’t get all six rotations in.”
The Pirates started off pretty strong in the second game, but started making little mistakes that kept the Highlanders in the game. Mosieur said they didn’t get down on themselves, though.
“We have a great crowd tonight ... and our seniors did a great job of keeping us pumped,” she said.
After an ace from North Eugene’s Ally Ganchegui narrowed the deficit to 21-17, Olson slammed a kill and Abby Clough followed with her own kill before North Eugene called timeout.
After the break, Mosieur had a kill to reach game point. Though Olson missed another jump serve, Mosieur blasted another kill to take a 2-0 match lead.
North Eugene jumped ahead in the third game, if only briefly. Babb served three straight points to give the Pirates a 5-2 lead, and after the Highlanders missed a serve, Olson had a pair of aces as she pushed the scored to 11-3.
North Eugene got within six points after a kill from Annaliesse Denn, but McGowne scored on a tip to put Marshfield back in possession. Babb again took over behind the service line, and Mosieur and Olson combined for a block as the Pirates pushed their lead to 21-10.
Marshfield forced match point after a North Eugene lift. A kill from Ganchegui and a miscommunication on Marshfield’s side of the net delayed the victory briefly, but Clough ended the match on a kill.
Mosieur led the Pirates with eight kills and a solo and assist block, and Olson had six kills, three aces and two blocks. Babb had five kills and eight digs, Moe had four kills and six digs and McGowne added 27 assists. Clough, a sophomore, had five kills.
“I thought Abby Clough played really well tonight,” Montiel said.
“The underclassmen really played well,” Mosieur said. “Abby had a great game tonight,”
For the Highlanders, Evelyn Mailander had 11 assists, and Zornek had nine digs.
Montiel and Mosieur said they were pleased with the Pirates’ serving — something they’ve been working on all season. They served much more aggressively Thursday night, with McGowne also debuting a jump serve.
“Lauren and Hannah have been kind of working on them in practice,” Montiel said.
McGowne, Babb and Katie Duell all served 100 percent.
“Our serves were good,” Mosieur said. “That’s something we’ve been working on.”
Even more important, Marshfield has won two straight matches after a heart-breaking loss at still-unbeaten Churchill last Saturday morning. The Pirates topped Springfield that same afternoon.
“The Springfield game, I think it was good to have that so close to the Churchill game because we could put it behind us,” Montiel said.
“We took a hit after Churchill,” Mosieur said. “To come back from it makes us even stronger.”
The Pirates don’t host the Lancers until Oct. 18, but it’s still highlighted on their schedule.
“I can’t wait for that game,” Mosieur said.
The end of finesh a team very happy and enjoy.