Coach Christine Demas wasn't ecstatic, but she has been pleased with the performance of the Northridge High School girls volleyball team.

Coach Christine Demas wasn't ecstatic, but she has been pleased with the performance of the Northridge High School girls volleyball team.

Last Thursday, the Vikings downed visiting Johnstown-Monroe 25-19, 25-20, 14-25, 25-19 to move to 5-8 overall before playing in the Northmor Invitational last Saturday. They are 5-5 in the MBC.

"We're coming together as a team a little better," said Demas, whose team will play MBC matches Tuesday at East Knox and Thursday at home against Utica. "We've also changed our defense a little bit from a perimeter defense and we're getting more comfortable with that."

Genevieve Hager had five kills and eight digs and Annie Kiebel added four kills and two blocks. Dana VanDervort had 10 digs and six kills and Jessica Simmons had 16 digs and 16 service points.

"Genevieve Hager has been doing well. She's just loud and keeps the team up, just like Jessie Johnson," Demas said. "Jessica Simmons is our libero and she has really been stepping up her play. She has been playing an important role with the team over the past couple of weeks."

Setter Ann Sniechowski had 17 assists and 16 digs and Alysha Smith added 10 digs.

"Dana VanDervort is only a sophomore and she's only 5-foot-6, but she's really been stepping up for us," Demas said. "She's been great with blocks and kills and has stayed calm all over the court."

Johnstown had won its first match of the season last Monday over Columbus Marion-Franklin (25-20, 25-11, 25-23) and took MBC powerhouse Centerburg to four games in a 25-23, 25-18, 22-25, 25-12 loss last Tuesday.

"Overall, we had a good match against Marion-Franklin and it was great to achieve that next step as we make progress," said coach Julie Evans, whose team will play league matches Tuesday at home against Danville and Thursday at Fredericktown. "It was a great match. It's great to see these girls continue making positive steps in the right direction.

"It has always been a mental block for them to play against Centerburg. They learned that it doesn't always have to be like that."

Courtney Dingess was 15 of 20 serving with five aces for the Johnnies and Katie Furr was 25 of 28 hitting with six kills.

"We had been playing well (before last Thursday)," Evans said. "We played well at points (last Thursday). We adjusted better on defense and we were cornering their hitters more, but then we just got down on ourselves."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Johnstown-Monroe and Northridge girls volleyball teams:

JOHNSTOWN

Last Monday -- Defeated Columbus Marion-Franklin 25-20, 25-11, 25-23

*Last Tuesday -- Lost to Centerburg 25-23, 25-18, 22-25, 25-12

*Last Thursday -- Lost to Northridge 25-19, 25-20, 14-25, 25-19

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Danville. The Johnnies lost 25-10, 19-25, 25-17, 25-27, 15-10 on Sept. 4.

*Thursday -- At Fredericktown. The Johnnies lost 25-16, 25-20, 25-8 on Sept. 9.

Oct. 6 -- Home vs. Mansfield Christian

Of note: The Johnnies are 1-13 overall and 0-10 in the MBC.

NORTHRIDGE

*Last Tuesday -- Lost to Fredericktown 25-13, 25-12, 25-23

*Last Thursday -- Def. Johnstown 25-19, 25-20, 14-25, 25-19

Last Saturday -- Played Northmor

*Tuesday -- At East Knox. The Vikings won in four games Sept. 4.

*Thursday -- Home vs. Utica. The Vikings lost 31-29, 20-25, 25-20, 25-17 on Sept. 9.

*Oct. 7 -- At Centerburg. Northridge lost 25-6, 25-19, 25-19 on Sept. 11.

Of note: The Vikings were 5-8 overall before last Saturday and are 5-5 in the MBC.

*MBC contest