Girard blanks Mathews in battle of Trumbull teams

GIRARD – The Girard and Mathews volleyball teams entered their clash Monday night in much different states of mind.

The difference between the teams only deepened with the Indians’ 25-3, 25-15, 25-13 victory at Girard in non-conference play.

“We’ve been playing a killer schedule,” Girard coach Phil Walters said. “Our tempo is really, really fast right now. We know Mathews is better than what it showed tonight.

“We know they’re better than that. I’m familiar with (Mathews coach) Carole O’Dell’s teams. They really struggled tonight. They might have been a little star struck playing a bigger team. They didn’t play to their potential tonight.”

The Indians (8-6) started fast, taking a 10-0 lead in the opening minutes of the first game behind three kills from Lexi Crown, two ace serves Lorren Alejars and five Mathews miscues. That set the tone for the rest of the match.

“Absolutely (the fast start contributed to the Mustangs’ problems),” Walters said. “It was unfortunate for them they got down so big so early. Sometimes, it’s hard to break that. One thing I told my team was to not let up. Mathews is a better team than it showed. They could wake up at any time. Volleyball is a game of momentum. I’ve seen teams lose it and the other team capitalizes.”

Girard ran that lead to 19-1 with three Makayla Trebella kills, two more from Kacie Spina and another from Sydney Teter, all while Megan Payich was serving. The Mustangs contributed to its own fall with several more errors.

“Girard executed well,” O’Dell said. “They’re very well coached. Every single one of those girls plays club volleyball. We expected them to play that well. I told the girls they’d play that well.”

Mathews (12-3) took advantage of a number of Girard mistakes and took an 8-2 lead following Alivia Oulton’s kill in the second game. An ace serve from Trebella, and consecutive kills from Carlie Angelo and Emily Scarnecchia gave the Indians their first lead at 12-11. Three misplays by Mathews followed and Girard led, 15-11. Back-to-back kills from Angelo and Trebella ran that advantage to 17-12.

“I don’t think we did anything well,” O’Dell said. “They executed. We got outhustled. They kept the ball in play and we hit it out of bounds. Very rarely did the ball hit the floor on their side of the net. They were digging everything up.”

After Morgan Williams’ consecutive kills, the Mustangs trailed by just three, 18-15, but Angelo, Teter and Trebella each had a kill and Angelo had two ace serves to close out the game.

Trebella had four kills, Spina added two and Angelo and Teter each had another as the Indians went up, 11-4, to open the third game. A block from Natalie Pallone and a kill from Angelo made it 16-6. That lead ballooned to 23-11 before Paige Sponsler, Williams and Oulton had consecutive kills to make it 23-13.

Trebella had 13 kills and Angelo 11 more to pace the Indians while Willaims and Oulton each had four to lead Mathews.