EXETER – Kate Kross stood behind the 30-foot line and dropped dart after dart into the deep right corner.
The volleyball barely cleared the white stripe on the net, and smashed off a Berwick back-line defender.
Call it the perfect rotation if you will. Kross behind the service line, setter Audrey Heidacavage in the front – along with attackers Gabby Bohan and Jessica Sorick.
And it was a spot the Bulldogs couldn't figure out.
Wyoming Area scored often from the rotation– including a huge run in the opening set to put momentum on its side – as the Warriors rolled to a 3-0 victory in a key Wyoming Valley Conference matchup.
Match scores were 25-16, 25-15 and 25-21.
The Warriors improved to 4-7, and inched closer to the .500 mark.
"We are right on the fence with wins and losses," Wyoming Area head coach Noah Pickett said. "We definitely need to win the games that we should win. There are times this season where we kind of shot ourselves in the foot. Tonight, I thought that we played well. We were much more consistent. We are heading in the right direction. We want to keep pushing, and we don't want to plateau. We need to beat the teams that we should beat, and push the teams that are a little better than us."
Sarah Warner won't deny it. Her Bulldogs couldn't figure out that one rotation.
It was the perfect storm. Kross was spot-on with her placement – deep right corner, always in play. And when Berwick managed to dig it out and send it back, Heidacavage did a nice job of working both Bohan and Sorick, who combined for 15 kills.
"If you always set it to middle, they will set up a 3-block right there. If you keep putting it to one side, they will triple-block again. You have to keep switching it up," Bohan said.
Berwick (3-10) led 11-9 in the first set until Kross caught the ball for her turn to serve.
That's when Wyoming Area ripped off nine straight points to grab an 18-11 lead.
It was similar in the final stanza. The Bulldogs had a slim, 11-10 lead before that same rotation used a quick, 4-0 spurt for some breathing room.
"They had a few tough servers, and we just couldn't get out of those rotations," Warner said. "We got stuck in them a little too long. If we could have gotten out a little sooner, it could have been a closer set. They were unpredictable, and they had some good offensive balance. They used their hitters really well."
The third set closed with runs.
Bulldog kills from Abby Rowe and Courtney Soboleski, coupled with an ace from Nicoll Donayre knotted the match at 21.
But Wyoming Area closed with four straight points – spikes from Bohan and Sorick, a service error by Berwick and an ace by Heidacavage.
"We were playing well, and I didn't want them to press the panic button," Pickett said of the third-set timeout he called at 21-all. "I just wanted them to go out and make it happen."
Bohan had eight kills, and Sorick had seven in addition to 15 service points. Heidacavage finished with 22 aces, while Kross had a game-high four aces.
Soboleski, a junior, had seven kills and three aces for Berwick.
: Courtney Soboleski 7 kills, 3 aces; Nicoll Donayre, 2 aces.
WA: Gabby Bohan, 8 kills; Kate Kross, 7 kills, 15 service points; Audrey Heidacavage, 22 assists, 2 kills, 2 aces.