Quaker in control

SALEM The Salem Quakers’ volleyball home opener went the way they wanted – in complete control.

Salem led United throughout the evening on the way to a 25-12, 25-11, 25-15, win at Cabas Gymnasium on Thursday.

“I was very happy with the way they played,” Salem coach Allie Rich-Winner said. “Overall they were very aggressive on hitting.”

Top Quakers were Maria Shivers with 10 kills followed by Kacey Costal with four kills. Carson Herron had 17 assists and six aces, and Olivia Stiff also had six aces.

Despite a rally by United that closed the gap to two points in the third game, Salem kept its focus, something that cost them against Canfield on Saturday.

“We had a big lead, and then just lost it,” Winner said. “I thought our defense could have played better, but overall very pleased with the way we played tonight.”

The evening proved tough for United, leaving coach Troy Brunner with little to discuss.

“As you can see tonight was a tough night.” Brunner said. “We’ll just leave it at that.”

Sylvia Moats led the Eagles with 13 digs.

“I know they’re a young team,” Winner said. “They’ve lost some big hitters from last year, but it will get better.”

United (1-1) heads to West Branch on Saturday. Salem (2-1) travels next to Minerva Wednesday.

The Quakers made it a sweep as they won the junior varsity match, 25-8, 25-19.

Kate Paumier had five kills and Kelly Barley eight assists to lead the Quakers. For United, Mariah Eisenbraun served five aces and Morgan Smith had four kills.