STERLING — According to Coach Andy Puck, the Princeton Tigresses “took care of business” Monday night on the volleyball court in the opening round of regional play against the Sandwich Lady Indians.
The Tigresses weren’t about to allow the Lady Indians to even think about getting their second win of the season, as they disposed of them quickly and mercilessly in straight sets by scores of 25-4 and 25-9. The Tigresses moved on to play Rock Falls on Tuesday night.
Princeton rode the hot hand of junior back court player Rachel Frank to the dominant victory. Frank served for 20 points during the match including five aces and a long run of 16 straight points in the first set.
“I was just focused and kept getting them over,” said Frank, who has gained a regular spot in the rotation with the injury to libero Brooke Kamphuis
In the first set, the Tigresses jumped out to the to a 4-1 lead. It was 5-2 when Frank took the ball behind the line to serve. She did not give it up the serve until the Tigresses had 21 points on the board.
The second set saw the Lady Indians jump out to a 4-2 lead. It was 5-3 when Frank started her serve. She didn’t quite reach 16 straight, but she succeeded on four straight to leap frog the Tigresses into the lead. Runs by Kelly and senior Katherine Pranka highlighted the rest of the game, as the Tigresses outscored the Lady Indians 18-6 to close out the set and match.
Sandwich seemed to be overmatched both by the precision of the Tigresses and their power. One of the keys to Frank’s effectiveness was her placement. If the Indians had to move at all for a ball, they had a difficult time mounting any sort of attack.
Pranka was also extremely effective with her outside hitting (6 kills) and her jump serve (7 points, 3 aces), including a run of five straight points.
“We weren’t looking past them,” said Pranka. “We managed to get the momentum going and keep on top. It is all coming together at the time when it needs to.”