volleyball brief

Carroll's volleyball team has had some early season struggles. With new players trying to find their roles and the team as a whole working to find rhythm, things just may be settling in.

Evidence of what the Saints are capable of could be seen Friday, when Carroll upended No. 9 Vanguard in a sweep, 26-24, 25-19, 25-17, in Fullerton, California, at the Hope International Invite.

Carroll hit .288 as a team, limiting the Lions to a .109 percentage. Paige Montgomery (12) and Ayla Carpenter (11) led the Saints' attack, while Jonni Dorr dished out 36 assists. Ayla Carpenter had a team-high 16 digs, and Mallory Arbizzani had four blocks.

“It was an amazing day,” coach Moe Boyle said. “The last time I beat Vanguard is when I played. I can’t tell you the last time we came back from a tournament in California with two wins, let alone two in the same day. These girls are playing well right now and figuring out how to win.”

The Saints closed the day with a five-game win over host Hope International. Carroll won the opening two games, 25-20 and 25-7, but then lost 25-14 and 25-22 to force the decisive fifth game.

There, Carroll eked out the win, 15-13.

“We had a huge let down and once we got down it was really difficult to get back up,” Boyle said. “We’ve got to learn to keep that focus and attention to detail, can’t let a team to get back into the match, but that being said, we gutted our way through it, got the win and I am really proud of this team.

Holly Morehouse led the attack with 15 kills on a .367 hitting percentage, while also picking up three assisted blocks and eight digs. Montgomery had 11 kills for Carroll, and Dorr handed out 38 assists.

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The defense was spread around, with Catherine Sloan leading the way in digs with 16. But Dorr also had 15, Natalie Kassa had 14 and Rayna Pilgeram added 13.

Carroll will finish out play in California on Saturday, with matches against Biola and The Master's.

“Biola is going to be tough,” Boyle said. “They beat the No. 1 team in the country last week and won both of their matches today. The Master’s swept also. It will be a very challenging day and hopefully we can recover and be ready to play.”

“We had a huge let down and once we got down it was really difficult to get back up,” Boyle said. “We’ve got to learn to keep that focus and attention to detail, can’t let a team to get back into the match, but that being said, we gutted our way through it, got the win and I am really proud of this team.

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