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Postgame notebook: Point Beach volleyball vs. Rumson Fair-Haven

September 25, 2012

The Point Beach volleyball team had a major win over Rumson Fair-Haven today at the Point Pleasant Beach gymnasium. The Garnet Gulls were down early falling short 25-16 in the first set, but went on to win the next 25-23 and the last 25-18. A major momentum shift occurred in the second game when junior middle Bridget Clark made three straight blocks in a rally to pump up the Garnet Gulls. Here are some stats and what Point Beach head coach Scott Reily and Clark had to say following the game.

Point Pleasant Beach (6-3) 16 25 25
Rumson (4-3) 25 23 18
Point Pleasant Beach Player Stats
Player Kills Blocks Digs Assists Service Points Aces
Kirby Given 7 1 9 0 4 4
Meaghan Finlay 0 0 0 0 2 2
Danielle Allgor 0 1 0 0 1 1
Jane Haugen 1 0 6 0 3 3
Maddie White 0 0 0 0 1 1
Bridget Clark 4 3 0 0 0 0
Amanda Hopcroft 0 0 2 13 0 0
Eva Motto 3 0 6 0 0 0
Alexa Russell 0 0 24 0 0 0
Total: 15 5 47 13 11 11

Scott Reily

On being behind 11-1 in the first game…

We really wanted to stay positive and stick to the fundamentals. We wanted to back each other up. No game is ever over. As long as you never give up you can always come back.

On the big play from Bridget Clark…

Those three blocks in a row really got the team pumped up. It was really a momentum swinger. Then, freshman Maddie White hit a couple good serves in a row. I don’t really want to put words in the another team’s mouth but I believe the second game really lifted our spirits and took the wind out of their sails.

The team playing better as the match went on…

I think we got in a groove as the game went on. We got more comfortable and in the flow of the game. We kind of compounded our errors in the beginning. We are a very good team with a lot of talent but once those fundamentals go out the door, we start to shoot ourselves in the foot. We have a saying ‘Better the Ball.’ It means if you make a bad pass, make the next set or hit better. That is the philosophy we try to stick by.

Bridget Clark

On making three straight blocks in one rally…

When that happened we were all pretty excited. We have been focusing on how to block and the timing of it. Today it showed. I think we all started to focus a bit more when that happened. We knew we were better than when we started the game. We had a much better defense and offense then what we first showed. We always want to get good sets on offense and be ready to block on defense.

On a slow start in all three sets…

We have a tendency to start off slow but we know when to pick it up. We were very focused and determined to win this game.

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