WEEDSPORT — Weedsport had bounceback sets after both losses.
The Warriors took the first set 25-17, and followed a 25-13 loss with a resounding 25-12 win. After falling in the fourth set 26-24, the Weedsport volleyball team capped the 3-2 victory with an dominating 25-8 win in the fifth set against Faith Heritage at Weedsport High School Tuesday.
Warriors coach Sandy Donahue believes the team's resiliency stems from its senior class.
"The positive out of that is my nine seniors understand that and they know that when we start losing, the ownership is on them to get the team going again," Donahue said. "In the middle of the game, they started talking more and calling each others' names. I think that's the leadership I need."
Weedsport's Lochlyn Brown registered 21 assists, three kills and two digs, while Makala Adams had 14 kills and eight aces. Madelyn Sheahan tallied seven digs and three aces, Mackenzie Hill had five aces and five kills, and Alesha Look and Alena Manchester each finished with six kills.
For Donahue, her team's depth could be a real strength this season.
"The bench itself, as we move forward into the season, is going to make it easy to move people in and out," Donahue said. "That's going to be to our benefit in the latter part of the season."
The Saints jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first set, but the Warriors rallied to take a 14-13 lead. Weedsport finished strong by taking the final seven points in the 25-17 first-set victory.
The Warriors struggled to put runs together in the second set, and the Saints emerged with a 25-13 win.
"The first game I thought we came out strong. We were moving and we were talking," Donahue said. "Then in the second game we dropped down. We didn't move and we didn't talk. We didn't rely on our feet and we kept reaching for the ball."
Weedsport quickly put the second set behind them and scored 11 of the last 13 points to win the third 25-12. Faith Heritage forced a fifth set by taking the back-and-forth fourth set 26-24.
The Warriors took control early in the fifth by sandwiching a 10-point run with a pair of five-point runs. Faith Heritage didn't score more than two points in a row, as Weedsport wrapped up the match with a 25-8 victory in the final frame.
"I think the last game our serves were spot on. ... That was a big difference," Donahue said. "We were also moving a bit better."
Weedsport (1-2) returns to action Thursday against Fabius- Pompey.
"Fabius is a very scrappy team and they serve the ball extremely hard," Donahue said. "For tomorrow, we're going to be working on serving with the balls being hit hard at them. Other than that, I think Fabius lost a lot of their height from last year, so I feel confident — and I've seen how they've played against some other teams — that we'll be very competitive."