by Robert Baldwin
Ramstein volleyball held off a pesky Kaiserslautern squad and got the upper hand at the net to complete a perfect weekend by defeating both the Raiders and Vilseck in the Kaiserslautern gym on Sept. 13 and 14. Kaiserslautern kept it close in the first game before Ramstein pulled away for the three game victory. Kaiserslautern defeated Vilseck on Sept. 14 for a weekend split.
Ramstein relied on strong serving, setting and communication. Against the Raiders, hitter Gigi Stake had nine kills and five service aces and middle hitter Tamiya Bruce contributed six kills. Against Vilseck, Coach Kandel Baxter pointed out strong leadership by libero Lydia Coddington and setter Ahmarie Young, who dished out twelve kills for the outside hitters.
For Kaiserslautern Coach Aaron Scalise, it was a successful weekend all around for his young team. “We were down in all three sets (against Vilseck), including being down 17-6 at one point in the third set. Yet the girls kept their composure, handled the adversity, and were able to pull out the win,” said Scalise.
Scalise said Makenna Zielske has emerged as the team’s best server and, as the outside hitter, has had some “tremendous kill shots.” He also pointed out middle hitter Angelina Popovic demonstrated great leadership and enthusiasm in her first varsity game.
Both the Raiders and Royals are on the road this weekend, Kaiserslautern at Black Forest Academy and Ramstein at Lakenheath.