RANDOLPH — Heading into Thursday’s Trailways West Conference game, head coach Roxanne Prochnow knew her Cambria-Friesland prep girls volleyball team had a tough challenge with Randolph.
The Rockets proved her right as once they got the momentum, they cruised to a 25-8, 25-16, 25-11 sweep of the Hilltoppers.
“We knew we were the underdog,” Prochnow said. “(The Rockets) are a well-oiled machine. We knew (JoLea) Woreck was going to be a load in the middle and she was. She’s a great player. They have a really great team. I’m expecting to see them possibly make a long run in the playoffs.”
Woreck finished the night with a game-high 12 kills and three blocks as she was a force up the middle for the Rockets (9-4, 4-0 Trailways West).
“JoLea was just hammering balls again tonight,” Randolph head coach Jeff Kohlbeck said.
When Woreck is on point, that means the rest of the Rockets are playing fast, which in turn makes it hard for opposing teams to read them. It’s why the Rockets started the first set on a 16-4 run and the third set on a 20-6 run.
“We’ve been passing really well and it sets up our offense,” Kohlbeck said of the 26 assists by setter Madelyn Kohn. “When we run that fast offense, we’re pretty tough to beat.”
Randolph’s defense was tough to beat for Cambria (4-8, 0-4). In particular, Randolph libero Chloe Schmit did a good job with 11 digs.
“Our defense was really solid,” Kohlbeck said. “We were reading their hitters really well and when Chloe DeYoung dumps it, we were reading that really well. Chloe Schmit played and excellent game. She’s really been on fire lately in the back row. That helps.”
DeYoung finished with five digs, five assists and two kills for Cambria.
In the second set, Randolph didn’t do what they did in the first. That was feeding off of the Hilltoppers’ mistakes. It got to the point where Kohlbeck had to call a timeout when the Rockets were trailing 8-4.
“We weren’t really focused. We were really flat-footed and slow,” Kohlbeck said. “That’s not the way we play volleyball here. We like to play quick. We just reminded them that they need to pick up their game and speed it up a little more. Once they did that, it make it a lot easier for them. They’re not used to playing slow. They can’t play that way.”
The pep-talk worked for the Rockets as they eventually tied it up at 10.
“We can play, they just have to believe,” Prochnow said. “They have a lot of weapons and a lot of guns. With my girls, I told them, ‘We’ve got to come in here to play strong, play with strength and integrity and that’s all we could do.’”
After Randolph tied the second set at 10, the Rockets closed out the second set on a 15-6 run.
“That’s what we tried to do,” Kohlbeck said. “That’s how you get the momentum. We tried to get that. In the second set they were feeding off of our mistakes early on and that’s how they got a lead on us, but that’s the game of volleyball. You’ve got do that to get the momentum back. You’ve got to make long runs on them.”
Cambria-Friesland 8 16 11
Randolph 25 25 25
Cambria-Friesland: Kills – Morgan Gove 2, Cameron Bauer 2, Chloe DeYoung 2, Makenna Koopmans 2. Aces – Cameron Bauer 1, Chloe DeYoung 1. Assists – Chloe DeYoung 5. Digs – Alexis Johnson 6, Chloe DeYoung 5, Makenna Koopmans 4, Rylee Prochnow 7. Blocks – Alexis Johnson 1, Chloe DeYoung 1.
Randolph: Kills – JoLea Woreck 12, Brianna Prieve 4, Jora Hughes 4. Aces – Gracey Westra 5, Jora Hughes 4. Assists – Madelyn Kohn 26. Digs – Michaela Schick 9, Chloe Schmitt 11. Blocks – JoLea Woreck 3.