VERMILION — Vermilion shook off a three-game losing streak to take the Stillman Cup back away from Firelands with a convincing 25-21, 25-12, 25-12 non-conference win over Firelands on Monday night.
The Stillman Cup is a traveling trophy that goes back and forth between the schools for every varsity game played during the school year.
How convincing was the Sailors win? They only trailed for one point all night at 13-12 of the first set before taking control for the night.
“We’ve been really stressing that we don’t have that one go-to person, it’s spread out pretty evenly and we want everyone to play at a high level,” Vermilion coach Bob Eis said. “Our schedule is tough, and this was an important night for us being a rivalry game and no matter the records, it’s going to be emotional.”
How balanced was Vermilion’s attack? No one had more than eight kills, but four girls had at least six kills in the balanced Sailor offense.
Hillarie Habermehl led the Vermilion attack with eight kills, Mary Carosella had seven and the Sailors got six each from Maddie Colahan and Cam Colahan.
“We never really know until after the match who is going to be our leading killer,” Habermehl said. “It’s awesome that we have so many hitters that can do so much. We have a different leading killer every single night — it’s always somebody new.”
The first set was easily the best for the Falcons who had Vermilion on its heels with a power service game as Emma McCrann and Kristin DeWitt each picked up a pair of aces to go with one by Emily Squires.
DeWitt’s final ace came at the end of a five-point service run for Firelands giving the Falcons a 13-12 lead that turned out to be the only lead all night.
The Sailors responded getting a sideout and then grabbed the lead for good on four points by sophomore Cam Colahan, who had an ace to go with a pair of kills by Mary Carosella.
It’s a pretty amazing feeling knowing that no matter who is up there hitting, we have a good chance of putting the ball down,” said Vermilion senior setter Bree Callway, who had 32 assists. “Our focus is there, and our skills are there, we just have to keep meshing like we did tonight as we all complimented each other.”
Cam Colahan’s run gave the Sailors an 18-14 lead as the two teams mostly played sideout ball the rest of the first set with Vermilion grabbing the 25-21 win.
The Sailors service game kept the Falcons off-balance the rest of the night as Firelands had trouble getting in system losing the final sets by identical 25-12 scores.
“I thought we came out strong in the first set, but struggled from there,” Falcons coach Jordan Kolarik said. “We’ve serve-received well all year and it was just an off night for us. Their (Sailors) hitters also made it tough for us to pick up balls in the back row.”
Vermilion 3, Firelands 0
KILLS: (F) Emily Squires 6, Samantha Walcott 5; (V) Hillarie Habermehl 8, Mary Carosella 7, Maddie Colahan 6, Cam Colahan 6.
ASSISTS: (F) Joselyn Moquete 17; (V) Bree Callaway 32.
DIGS: (F) Emma McCrann 5, Mackenzie Mack 5; (V) Callaway 11, Angela Fetsic 7.
ACES: (F) DeWitt 2, McCrann 2 ; (V) Jenna Peters 4.
BLOCK KILLS: (F) None; (V) M. Colahan 2.