Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Team Play Gives Indians 3-0 Victory

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Team Play Gives Indians 3-0 Victory

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VOLLEYBALL: Venice showcases multitude of offensive weapons in sweep of Sarasota

VENICE -- Trying to focus and stop one Venice player is a difficult task.

The Lady Indians are loaded with a multitude of offensive weapons and it showed against Sarasota as Venice swept the Lady Sailors, 25- 12, 25-18, 25-22, in a Class 7A-District 11 match at Venice High.

Three players combined for 28 kills, with senior Holly Mattmuller and Gen Beaumier picking up 10 kills each and freshman Hannah Richards chipping in with eight kills.

"We have a lot of players that get a lot of kills," said Venice coach Brian Wheatley. "The beauty of our team is we can dish the ball. Teams can't focus on one player with us. The goal is to find out who is hot that night and try and keep feeding them the ball."

"We played all right," said Sarasota coach Chad Sutton. "We can play better. They are a strong team. Can't afford to miss that serve or serve receive. If you are going to beat them it's going to be sideout, sideout all the way through."

In the first set, it was Holly Mattmuller for the Lady Indians.

Venice (7-1 overall, 2-0 district) kept siding out on kills by Mattmuller. In fact, Venice got the serve back five times off kills by Mattmuller, who paced Venice with six in the first set.

Sarasota (8-7 overall, 0-2 district) had trouble getting its big hitter, Lauren Hochstetler, involved in the first game.

"Overall, she is our big hitter and needs to get her as many swings as possible," said Sutton. "As long as our serve receive is there and we are feeding her the ball then we are usually pretty good."

That turned around in the second set as she collected two kills out of the Lady Sailors' first four points.

Sarasota led 6-2 before Venice made a comeback, thanks to the hustle play of senior setter Danika Yoder.

During a rally, Yoder dove on the sideline and took out a chair on the bench to save a ball. Venice's Beaumier eventually put down the spike for a point.

"That really just shows what our team is about," said Wheatley about Yoder's play. "She literally took out a chair to save a ball. That's all she cared about is going after that ball. …

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