By Ben Murphy
To date the Roscommon volleyball team has raced through the Jack Pine Conference unscathed. Clare learned the hard way of just how strong the Lady Bucks are, falling 25-10, 25-13 and 25-11 at home Monday night.
“They’re known for their hits so it’s hard to defend against them,” Clare assistant coach Rachyl Randall, who was filling in for head coach Emily Blackburn said.
Kemma Wilson actually helped Clare take an early 2-0 lead in the first set on a service ace and Cassidy Campbell kept the Lady Pioneers ahead at 4-3 on a tip-kill but from there Roscommon dominated play.
Alex Rowell did get a kill that kept Clare within 9-6 and Mackenzie Thayer had a tip-kill followed by a spike that made it 12-8. Roscommon closed the set with 10 straight points to finish off the set at 25-10.
Laura Walton spiked an incoming free ball to put Clare up 1-0 in the early portion of the second set and back-to-back aces by Wilson put the Pioneers up 3-0.
That lead would be short lived however, as Roscommon pulled ahead at 6-5.
Thayer continued her strong night with a kill that kept Clare within 17-10 and Walton added a tip-kill at 21-12 could only add another kill by Rowell as Clare lost 25-13.
Roscommon led the final set wire-to-wire, but for Clare was highlighted by a spike by Blythe VanBuskirk that made it 7-5 and a kill by Walton that brought it to 7-6. Roscommon closed the set on an 18-5 win to finish the night off with a 25-11 third set win.
“We had some good blocks and our serving was about 90 percent,” Randall said. “You can’t ask for much better then that.”
Walton finished with three blocks and three kills, Thayer and Campbell both had four kills, Wilson had three aces and Kenzie Humphrey had nine assists.
Clare (2-8) JPC played at Meridian on Wednesday and hosts a league quad meet on Oct. 30.