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Rams Get Win In Votaw's Coaching Debut

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 8/22/2013

It's been a tradition of excellence on the volleyball court for Madison in recent years, but they'll have to carry on that winning culture with a new boss patrolling the sidelines. Brian Votaw takes over as the Rams head coach this season, the third for the program in as many years.

And it would be a successful opening night in Votaw's debut with the squad, taking down Mount Vernon in 3-sets, 25-21, 25-14, 25-21. Although Votaw was pleased the team won in straight sets, he says there's still plenty of things his Rams can work on.

"I thought winning in three was nice, but I think set one, set three, I don't think we played as well as we could have." Votaw says. "We had way too many mental errors the first set, we had five hitting errors, five serving errors, we gave them ten points for doing nothing. That's not the type of volleyball we play here."

Despite the teams miscues in the match, there were still some bright spots for the Rams. Junior middle hitter Mekaila Grose especially looked great, chalking up a team high 11 kills.

"I think we played pretty good" Grose says. "We missed a couple serves, but other than that it was pretty good."

 Fellow junior Ryenn Kitts was also optomistic about Madison's opening night win.

"We did awesome." Kitts says. "Our hits were good and our blocks were awesome and our covering for passing was just amazing. We had a good game."

The Rams will look to start the season and Votaw era with two straight wins on Saturday when the squad welcomes Hillard Davidson for an afternoon showdown.

   
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