Madison volleyball had to fend off Trinity Lutheran in overtime in set one but then found the going much easier the rest of the way in a 3-0 win over the Cougars on Monday in Seymour.

The Cubs won 28-26, 25-18, 25-19 to improve to 14-6 on the season.

“The first set was a slow set riddled with a lot of errors by the Cubs,” said Madison assistant coach Dennis Kilgore, noting we “never got into much of a rhythm” as 10 serve/receive errors took the team out of its offense.

Unable to close out the Cougars in regulation, Madison finally nailed down the set point when senior Kelsey Preocanin ended the first game 28-26 with a kill and the Cubs then carried that momentum over into the second set and the rest of the match.

“The Cubs rolled into the second set with a lot of pep in their step and continued the hitting,” Kilgore said of the 25-18 win. “(We) cut the serve/receive errors in half and were able to get 17 kills in the second set alone. If nothing else it shows that our serve/receive either allows us to pound the ball at our opponent or, if our errors are out of hand, it’s a slow go.”

Madison then closed out the match in similar fashion in the third set 25-19.

“The third set was close to the same as the second for the Cubs and Trinity didn’t help their chances with sloppy play,” Kilgore said. “Senior Madelyn Thomas ended the night with a solo block that hit the floor for the final point.”

For the game, Ainsly Liter served 14 for 15 with an ace and 13 kills, Addy Hill was 13 for 13 serving with an ace, Kingsley Hanson was 12 for 13 with three aces and seven digs, Hannah Imel was 12 for 15 serving with an ace, seven digs, four assists and six kills. Preocanin served 10 for 10 with 25 assists, five kills and seven digs and Thomas was 9 for 10 serving with nine kills and nine blocks while Hope Miller finished with eight blocks.

The Cubs host Scottsburg at 6:30 p.m. today.