MOWEAQUA – Following a busy weekend at the LSA Tournament, winning the championship after taking its first loss of the season, Central A&M kept rolling Monday against Cerro Gordo.
The Raiders (9-1) made quick work of the Broncos in two sets – 25-13 and 25-12 – and had an especially good game from behind the service line.
Although the team only registered three aces total, seniors Ryan Dooley and Maggie Nelson made it hard for the Broncos to set up their offense.
Dooley had an extended stay at the service line during a stretch in the first set that helped A&M turn an 8-8 tie into a 14-8 lead.
From that point on, it was all Raiders.
“We served well at the service line,” A&M coach Vanessa Rork said. “We had an opportunity to work on some free-ball plays. We had some kinks to work out and it was a good night to do that.”
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Mikah Maples' 10 kills led all players, as did Abby Miller's 19 assists. Olivia Jordan had a team-high three blocks and added four kills.
Cerro Gordo (3-8) couldn't get much going.
Freshman Sydney Walker led the team with six kills.
A&M has a tough test coming up Thursday, hosting St. Teresa, but the Raiders gained some helpful experience at the LSA Tournament over the weekend.
The Raiders beat Decatur Christian, Okaw Valley, Farmer City Blue Ridge and LeRoy (in the championship game), while losing in three sets to Tolono Unity.
“Unity's a really skilled team and we knew that would be a competitive match,” Rork said. “We learned a lot from that match, and I'd rather lose now than a bigger match towards the end of the season.”