Volleyball: Princeton def. Kewanee 27-25, 26-24
KEWANEE — There are two kinds of wins — one that you leave feeling real good about a job well done, and the other, just happy you got the win, but not necessarily how you went about it.
Tuesday's win at Kewanee definitely fell in the latter type for Princeton coach Andy Puck.
The Tigresses were pushed to the limit in both sets, winning by the narrowest of margins possible over the Boiler Girls, 27-25 and 26-24.
"All wins are good, but we need to be better. We need to be a lot better. Not an easy gym to play in, but we need to be a lot better," Puck said.
The Tigresses (5-5, 2-1) outscored the Boiler Girls 6-1 in Game 2 to take a 15-8 lead. Olivia Vergamini had two kills and Kenzie Coleman hit one off a block to cap the run.
The Boiler Girls pushed back, eventually tying the game at 21. PHS regained a 24-21 lead, only to have Kewanee tie it again at 24. Finally, another Coleman kill off a block, and one more Vergamini hit, sent the Tigresses home winners, if not entirely satisfied.
"There’s always positives from the negatives," Puck said. "We still fought. We’re still trying to find ways to win. But unless a team lays down for us, we don’t know how to win yet. Still pushing, still pushing."
A similar scenario played out in the first game. The Tigresses led as much as 14-6 on a five-point string by freshman setter Katie Bates. Kewanee used a 11-3 run to tie the game at 17. PHS went up 23-21 and 24-22, but couldn't finish Kewanee off.
With the game tied at 25, Coleman and Vergamini hit for consecutive points to end the set.
Puck said he has expectations for the team, and they were not met.
"We don’t expect our kids to be perfect, but we expect them to try to be perfect," he said. "We got lazy tonight, and it definitely showed in a lot of areas. Defense, serve receive. And tonight is one of those matches, truth be told, you’re not necessarily going to get beat by your opponents, but you very easily get beat by yourselves.
"That's not taking Kewanee for granted. They did everything they had to do, but it should have been a lot more efficient than it was tonight."
PHS got a 1-2 punch at the net from senior Kaylee Hammerich (10 kills) and Coleman (8). Senior libero Corinne Peterson (17 digs) led the back row defense, Bates contributed 24 assists, 13 digs and seven points, and Vergamini added five kills, seven points and four aces.
Notes: Kewanee won the sophomore match 25-16, 23-25, 25-20, while Princeton won the freshman match 25-22, 25-18.