ESSEX – The Essex Trojanettes won their third match of the season and second of the week, 3-1 over Woodbine, Thursday, Oct. 10.
Set scores were 22-25, 25-23, 27-25 and 25-21.
The win also came in the home finale for Camryn Chambers, the only Essex senior. She finished the night with a double-double with 12 digs and 10 assists.
A 5-0 Woodbine run gave the Tigers control of the opening set and a 20-16 Tiger lead. Essex wouldn’t get closer than two the rest of the way.
The Trojanettes led the entire second set, but couldn’t ever put the Tigers away. Essex led by a 14-7 mark, but saw Woodbine come all the way back to within 15-14. The rest of the set went the same way with Essex extending the lead to three or four and Woodbine coming back. The Tigers tied it twice late at 20 and 22, but a Desi Glasgo ace and an Elise Dailey kill finished off the set.
The third set was about the opposite of the second. The Tigers led for much of the frame, leading 10-5 and then 17-14 after Essex had held a brief lead. Essex came back to tie the set at 18, but the Tigers scored the next four. Again, the Trojanettes fought back, scoring the next five. Woodbine scored the next two to earn a set point, but couldn’t finish. Essex would have set point at 25-24 and then 26-25 when a Brianne Johnson kill finished the set win and gave the Trojanettes a 2-1 lead.
Essex had a small lead much of the early part of the fourth set, but a 3-0 Tiger run put Woodbine in front for the first time at 16-15. Essex won service back and then a Sami York kill and three consecutive Helen Nicholas aces put the set and match away.
“We were more mentally tough than we had been,” Essex coach Allen Stuart said after the match. “I’m especially proud of that third game. We got behind and came back four times. Woodbine has had their struggles too, but I’m so happy for our kids.”
Nicholas also finished with a double-double. She led the Trojanettes with 15 assists and 14 digs.
Dailey led the Essex offense with 10 kills. Johnson added nine while York and Riley Jensen had six each as Essex won its second straight match to improve to 3-16 on the season.
“One of the hardest things about coaching is you tell your players that if you work hard and practice hard that good things will happen,” said Stuart. “Then they do that and good things don’t always happen. In reality, everybody is getting better, but it’s easier to get better when you’re winning.”
Several pictures from the match can be seen at valleynewstoday.com.
The Trojanettes will play four matches, Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Wayne Tournament, then head to Stanton for their final Corner Conference and regular season match before regional play begins, Tuesday, Oct. 22.
“I have always known that (these girls) can do some things,” said Stuart, “if they didn’t give up on themselves. It’s been a big week, and now we go to Wayne and hopefully some of that (momentum) can carry over.”
Woodbine’s overall record fell to 4-21 with the loss.