Blair Oaks downs Chamois

WARDSVILLE — There wasn’t much the Blair Oaks Lady Falcons could do wrong Monday night.

The only slip-up of note in Blair Oaks’ dominating 25-8, 25-3 victory against Chamois was literally a slip-up.

Coming out of a timeout during the first set, Lady Falcons coach Joy Northweather backed into a junior-varsity player, causing both to tumble to the floor.

“I have a bad habit of backing out of the huddle and going to my spot,” Northweather joked. “One of the JV players was behind me trying to get some water off the floor and I wasn’t paying attention. Just backed up, very slow motion. We’re going for the ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos.’”

That was just about the only blemish in an impeccable match for the Lady Falcons.

“Pretty much. I’m just glad I didn’t hurt her. I was trying not to land too hard,” Northweather said.

That bit of comedy highlighted a brisk 23-minute night of fun for Blair Oaks. That includes the three-minute intermission between sets and a timeout in both games.

“The girls were fired up. They came out and wanted to take care of business and get on with it,” Northweather said. “Very proud of the way they kept their intensity up, even against a team that has been struggling.”

Chamois actually took a 2-0 lead in the first set on a Lady Falcon service-line violation and an ace from Karina Mehmert. It was all Blair Oaks after that. The Lady Falcons scored the next 11 points to assume control, highlighted by Paige Rackers’ four aces. The freshman ripped off an even more impressive string of serves later in the match.

Chamois never got closer than seven as Blair Oaks breezed to a 25-8 opening-set victory.

“They’re down. Chamois has lost a lot of seniors from last year,” Northweather said. “They’re having some personnel problems, they had a couple out sick. It’s tough to play games like that and be as aggressive as we were tonight.”

The second set brought even less resistance, as the Lady Falcons opened up a 14-0 advantage en route to the 25-3 win.

“I had an opportunity to get a lot of the girls in tonight, which I really like. ... It’s tough to balance getting (the starters) time in a match like this and getting good quality time for the (bench players).”

Girls like Kaitlyn Kliethermes, Taylor Strope and Shelbi Koelling all enjoyed playing time.

Rackers served during Blair Oaks’ string of 14 straight points to open the second set, amassing five of her match-high nine aces during the run.

“I was kind of hoping that Paige would get one tonight,” Northweather said, referring to a perfect set. Danielle Lueckenhoff had one in a JV game around 2010. “Doesn’t happen very often. In a varsity match it’s almost unthinkable. It’s just tough not to make any errors. She was serving very tough. She has a nice little floater and she mixes in some speed. It gets people on their heels, she has a great serve.”

A pass into the net ended the chance for perfection.

“It speaks of their desire to push. They were disappointed, they wanted an errorless game,” Northweather said. “That speaks of where we’re wanting to be, how we’re wanting to clean up our game. As a young team that’s tough to do some times. The maturity’s starting to show up.”

The final score was the largest lead for Blair Oaks.

Paige Stockman paced the Lady Falcons with eight kills, while Maggie Hoskins had four. Lizzie Rosslan added nine assists and Sadie Turner had seven.

Blair Oaks (5-0) travels today to Eldon.

Alison Mehmert led Chamois with two kills.

Blair Oaks won the JV match 25-5, 25-8 to improve to 5-0.

Alexa Stegemann led the way with three kills, Ryan Dudenhoeffer had eight aces and Kellie Fredendall and Jayde Peters both added four assists.

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