Quick start fuels Niles volleyball win

NILES — A fast start, thanks to Jane Parry, helped Niles to a three-game volleyball sweep of Liberty Wednesday night at Veterans Memorial Gymnasium.

Parry, who finished the night with 21 service points, seven aces and six digs, began game one with 11 straight service points. That stellar performance propelled the Red Dragons to a 25-13 win.

“Tonight Jane got us off to a great start with the 11 service points,” Niles coach Ron Slipkasky said. “I knew Liberty was a better team than that and their girls played great in the second and third games.”

The second game was the tightest of the night. The Leopards’ Melina Manning’s leaping spikes and relentless effort helped keep game two very close. With the game tied at 25 apiece, two long volleys went Niles’ way to bring the game to a dramatic 27-25 ending.

Manning, who spent more time in the air than on the floor, finished with 6 kills and 30 digs on the night. Teammate Erica Carnes chipped in with 15 assists.

Liberty coach Millie Manning has a talented team.

“Right now it’s tough because we started 2-0 and now we’ve lost four straight,” she said. “It’s a little bittersweet because they’re in it and then let down. They pick themselves back up and they defeat themselves. There is a lot of talent there.”

The final game went Niles way, 25-19. Seniors Emma Dellinger and Myah Busse finished the match with seven kills apiece. Dellinger had 15 digs, while Busse finished with 13. Taylor Shaner lead the team with 3 blocks.

Niles has improved greatly from last season.

“We’re 8-2 this year and we won eight games all last year,” Slipkasky said. “We’re much improved from last year with great senior leadership. The four seniors are all leaders on the court. We also have some great underclassmen.”