DANVILLE — The Danville Blue Devils had so many aces on Tuesday, they should have challenged Mansfield St. Peter’s to a game of poker.
Melissa Mickley and Kaelin Clement combined for 20 service aces in the Blue Devils’ 25-13, 25-14, 25-11 home sweep of the Spartans in Tuesday’s Mid-Buckeye Conference volleyball showdown.
“We had a couple days where they had trouble serving, so we worked on that,” said Danville head coach Ann Henry. “After every game, we break down what they could do better, and we work on it. They always get better.”
Danville (9-9, 4-3 MBC) dominated in multiple facets, but St. Peter’s struggled just to return serve. Mickley used a service technique that is deceptively fast and difficult to return at any level of play.
“It’s a jump serve with a floater, so it moves the ball in the air and makes it hard to judge where it’s going to drop,” said Mickley.
“Melissa has a wicked jump serve, so that really helps her,” said Henry.
Mickley plays travel ball during the offseason, helping her to hone her skills on the court as well as become a better leader off the court.
“I play all year round, so I’m open to it a lot more,” said Mickley. “I see things more quickly because I have more experience with it.”
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