The stout service attack for Kokomo further compounded Western’s attack woes. The Panthers produced 10 kills in 57 total attacks, including a 2-for-18 clip in the third set. In contrast, Kokomo produced 26 kills in 66 attacks on the night, including a 12-for-23 mark in the final set.
“We definitely served strong and aggressive, and pushed them off the net any time they got out of system and gave us a free ball,” Watson said. “We were able to turn those into attacks. We stayed on them and didn’t let up, and that kept them from gaining any momentum in the match, especially late.”
Hayley Mills and Amanda Seaman led Western with three kills each. Shelby Gilbert had a team-high eight digs, while Madi Mendenhall added five. Setter Emily Jones finished with six assists.
Having a number of non-senior players contribute at a high level at this point in the season is doing wonders for Kokomo’s confidence level, Watson feels.
“I will say that this is our first match, so I won’t get too high or too low,” he added. “We have our tough invitational coming up [Saturday] with some Lafayette teams coming in, so we are going to have to be playing much better and get some of these little kinks out if we’re going to continue to win. I’m happy overall, but we’ve got a lot of work to do.”