Lady Cavaliers spike Burns
At the jump it looked as if the volleyball match between East Rutherford and Burns had the makings of a five-game marathon, but the Cavaliers took charge halfway through the first game and never let up as they won in straight sets (25-17, 25-22, 25-18).
“Our serves really set us apart today,” East Rutherford head coach Jessica Goforth said. “We’ve really been working on those in practice and it showed out there on the court today.”
The Burns Bulldogs looked hungry as they jumped ahed 8-3 in the first game forcing Goforth to call a time out.
Out of the break the Cavaliers went on a 16-8 run coaxing Burns into a timeout down 19-17.
The break didn’t do much good for Burns as East Rutherford scored the final six points and took the game, 25-17.
“Winning that first game is huge,” Goforth said. “Once you get down the momentum shifts to the other team and the girls know they have to win and they start pressing.”
After the Cavaliers (2-2, 1-1 SMAC) charged to a 12-5 lead to start the second game, Burns turned on the heat and made it interesting scoring two points for every East Rutherford point and eventually tied the game at 21-21. The Cavs took a timeout, regrouped and finished of the game with a 4-1 run to win 25-22 and take a commanding two games to one lead.
In the third set East Rutherford stayed on the gas and sped to an 18-7 lead before Burns found life.
A 9-5 run by the Bulldogs to cut the Cavalier lead to 23-16 sparked a timeout for East Rutherford who rediscovered their rhythm and finished off the match on a decisive Cragan Hardin ace for the 25-18 game win and the straight-set sweep.
“Today we kept talking throughout the game,” Goforth said. “We had trouble early in the season coming together as a team. When one person got down, the rest of us got down. But now everything has come together and we’re more of a family.”
East Rutherford returns to action Tuesday, Sept. 3 as they host Shelby.