YORK TWP. — It’s a good thing freshman Autumn Meyer is a quick healer, because Buckeye’s volleyball team has too many things to accomplish during a busy week.
Meyer received a staple in her head earlier on Monday but helped the Bucks tie Brookside atop the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division. Meyer even recorded the final point in the 25-22, 25-19, 25-18 victory over the Cardinals.
Reigning champion Buckeye (11-9, 8-6) can earn at least a share of the championship by defeating Keystone and Black River this week. Firelands entered the night 7-6 in league play and also figures into the picture.
“We had some complications in the beginning,” Meyer said. “I actually got a staple in my head, but we pulled through and still played our best match of the season.”
Sophomore Kamiah Gibson passed to Meyer, and the ball caromed off a couple Brookside (10-10, 8-6) players before going out of bounds to end the match. It was Gibson’s 26th assist.
Gibson also added seven kills and five aces, but the work she did at the net with Meyer counted most. The young pair of 6-footers teamed on three assisted block kills. They were next to each other at the net most of the night, making an imposing wall for Gibson’s five solo block kills and Meyer’s three.
“We are both 6 foot and we both have hops, so it’s really easy and we’re really good together,” Gibson said. “We’re best friends, so it’s really comfortable blocking with her.”
The Bucks showed little interest in allowing Brookside to hang around after losing to the Cardinals in five sets earlier in the season. Buckeye trailed only twice Monday as the teams gear up for a rubber match in the first round of the Holy Name Division II District next week.
Brookside took an 8-5 lead in the first game, but senior Molly Galaszewski recorded one of her three aces, followed by back-to-back kills by sophomore Hannah Zerr. By the time Galaszewski (17 service points) was done serving, Buckeye had built a 15-8 advantage.
The Cardinals brought the score to 23-22, but Galaszewski fed the ball to Gibson for the final point after getting serve back.
“I was impressed with how we finished,” Bucks coach Kara Joyce said. “That’s what we’ve been working on lately. We have to finish.
“It was a team effort. When our passes are on, Kamiah can set the ball and run the floor the way we need her to, and that helps us out.”
The second game played out much like the first, as the Bucks built a lead and Brookside fought back.
With Brookside serving and trailing 23-19, Zerr set up for what looked to be a pass but instead flicked the ball over the net. Galaszewski, who also had 13 digs, hit one of her team-leading 11 kills to end the second game.
The Bucks also got strong matches from sophomore Sidney Bell (9 kills) and senior Clare Mewhinney (11 digs).