Rocks come together, top Galesburg


Share
Posted Online: Oct. 04, 2012, 10:21 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
By Daniel Makarewicz, danmak@qconline.com
Searching for anything to save it from a disastrous start, the Rock Island volleyball team suddenly found some magic from within.

No timeout, motivational speech or tide-turning play saved the Rocks on Thursday night. Instead, Rocky overcame a shaky start by fixing the issues as a team during a 25-13, 25-18 Western Big 6 Conference win over Galesburg at the Rock Island Fieldhouse.

"You get kids who think too much instead of playing," Rocky coach Bill Churchill said. "I like to think we play one speed, but sometimes that doesn't happen. You've got to get them some extra motivation."

All it took was a glance at the scoreboard. Early in the first game, the Rocks (23-3, 6-1 Big 6) trailed 5-1 and struggled returning the ball over the net.

"We realized we needed to pick it up," Rocky junior defensive specialist Krystin Plohr said. "We were better than that -- we could play better."

What Churchill labeled as a "flat" start was replaced with an impressive finish. Ignited by a Haley Ohlsen kill, the Rocks started a nine-point rally that gave them a 21-11 lead.

The front line snagged three kills via the block and Rebecca Thomson added a point with an ace. In that rally, four players had a kill.

"Runs are what we try to do," Churchill said.

Galesburg (6-12, 3-4) struggled to contain the rally.

"We just have an issue where we shut down at times," Galesburg coach Marla Clay said. "You saw it. For the life of me, I'd like to fix it, but I'm struggling to fix it right now."

Other than a late four-point Galesburg rally, the Rocks continued their mastery in the second game. Taryn VanEarwage tallied four kills and two aces in that stretch and Jacqueline Twing, who finished with a match-high 17 assists, added two kills.

Before the closing stretch, Rocky did not allow the Silver Streaks to have a rally extend past two points. On the other end, the Rocks had two rallies of four points or more.

"We executed better," Churchill said. "It was a simple matter of execution."

The next task is continuing the improved execution at league-leading Quincy (23-1, 6-0) on Tuesday night.

"I'm excited," said Plohr, who had a team-high five digs. "It's going to be a tight game, but we're doing everything we can (to win)."






 












 



Local events heading








  Today is Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




(More History)