The official score of the boys volleyball game between Ramona High School and Poway High School on March 17 gave the Titans a win in four games against the Bulldogs in Ramona’s home opener. But for Ramona Coach Jeff Klauda, the 21-25, 16-25, 25-23, 21-25 defeat was preferable to the results against Carlsbad six days earlier.
“We did make progress, even though it was a loss,” Klauda said. “All around much better as a team.”
In both matches, Ramona had 15 missed serves and 18 hitting errors, but those were spread out over four games against Poway and three against Carlsbad.
“We had a lot more swings at the ball, too,” Klauda said.
The Bulldogs, who had only 14 kills in three games against Carlsbad, accumulated 27 kills against Poway. Brian Allen and Stuart Corbett shared the team lead with seven kills apiece against the Titans.
Freshman setter Garrett Adelman had five hitting attempts and five kills against Poway.
“They were well-timed,” said Klauda. “He caught their defense off-guard every time. “He did it quick. He disguised it pretty well.”
Adelman also led Ramona with 22 assists against Poway while his brother, Trevor, led the team with 17 digs.
“We did a better job of being in our positions and doing our jobs,” Klauda said. “We should have won the first game. We had a very large lead. We were playing really well. We were playing solid, but we weren’t communicating very well.”
Poway overcame that lead to tie the first game at 17 points before taking over the advantage.
“They kind of built up a bit of momentum and it kind of rolled into the second game,” Klauda said.
The Bulldog players adjusted well enough to avoid a sweep.
“In the third game they started communicating a lot better, starting eliminating a lot of mental errors,” Klauda said.
The Bulldogs, who had four serving aces against Carlsbad, had five against Poway.
“In general we did serve much better,” Klauda said. “We didn’t always get aces, but we were putting them in good spots.”
If Poway has a weakness, it is picking up off-speed shots.
“Poway has a good serve-receive,” Klauda said. “They have good ball control.”
That limited Ramona’s ability to serve aces.
“I wasn’t upset with our serving like I was at Carlsbad,” Klauda said.
“We did start to play pretty well. We’re not clicking on all cylinders yet,” Klauda said. “It’s going to take time.”