Fran Trautmann ’16 earned seven service points in the front and back rows against Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) on Saturday, allowing Andover Girls Volleyball to pull away with a 25-12 win in the first set. Trautman’s performance set the tone for Andover’s 3-0 victory.
The win against NMH was a true team effort, according to team members. For the Family Weekend crowd, Head Coach Clyfe Beckwith explored the depth of the bench, putting every player into the game. In each set, he created different rotations to see how unique combinations of players performed together.
In the second set, due to the team’s rotating roster, Sidney Holder ’17, Sewon Park ’17, Sydney Baumgardt ’16 and Serena Liu ’19 came off the bench to create many scoring opportunities for the team. Andover’s key player, however, was Co-Captain Annette Bell ’16, who created an impressive 12 service points in the set and led Andover to the 25-12 win.
Although the team started the match strongly, Andover’s energy began to wane during the third set.
Claudia Leopold ’18 wrote in an email to The Phillipian, “I think our weakness was a lack of energy, a problem we’ve been working on all season. We were also complacent because we beat NMH earlier in the season, even when we were down a few players.”
NMH capitalized on the opportunity to strike back and grabbed a 20-19 lead, but Andover kept its composure and went on to win the third set 25-20, finalizing the overall victory.
On Wednesday, Andover claimed a 3-1 victory against Nobles & Greenough, which propelled the team to an 11-1 record. Despite the win, Andover initially struggled to find its footing, losing the first set 16-25.
Co-Captain Erica Shin ’16 said, “We just had low energy the first set. It took us a while to get fired up. We hadn’t played in four days, so we went in cold and it showed.”
Andover started to gain momentum after the first set, securing the second set 25-16. By alternating tips with hard hits and changing the speed of the game, the team confidently snagged a win.
Andover looks to extend its seven match winning streak in its game against Deerfield on Saturday.
Editor’s Note: Erica Shin ’16 is a Managing Editor for The Phillipian.