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Florence/Henry in 3-2 nailbiter

by Emre K. Erku

If they aren’t careful, Waubay/Summit varsity volleyball may soon give all their fans cardiac arrest.

Facing Florence/Henry in Waubay Sept. 20, the Mustangs battled back from a series of deficits to eventually stage an anxiety ridden 3-2 comeback win in sudden death.

“The team has been working hard at not getting down on themselves when we start out behind,” said Mustangs head coach Shonda Holscher. “I just remind the girls that they need to take care of the ball and that starts with a good pass to our setter.”

After losing 25-21 the first match, the Stangs would come back to win the second and third matches 25-18 and 25-21. Looking to put the game away, however, the Falcons managed to send it to five matches by beating the Stangs 25-18 in the fourth.

“Florence/Henry gave us trouble in a couple rotations with our serve/receive and the girls adjusted to the server in order to get the setup for an attack,” said Holscher.

During the fifth match, Waubay/Summit junior Kelsey Pearson proved to be too powerful for the Falcons’ diggers as she went on to manufacture 18 kills on the contest. Yet, the Falcons found themselves leading 11-7 before Waubay/Summit surged back to take the match 16-14.

“As a coach on the sidelines, it’s hard and nerve racking to watch some simple mistakes take place on the court, but it’s amazing to see the team come together, support one another and rise to the challenge when in a high intensity situation,” Holscher ended.

In serving, Pearson went 22 of 24 for nine aces and Jaclyn Bludorn 28 of 31 for six. As a team they went 101 of 108 for 18 aces.

In setting, Sammy Swanson went 98 of 102 with 34 assists while the Stangs went 108 of 113 for 34.

In attacks, apart from Pearson’s 18 kills, she went 41 of 50 while teammate Jenna Larson went 25 of 28 for 10 kills and Bludorn 23 of 28 for six. As a team they went 98 for 118 and 36 kills.

In digs, Larson went 24 of 27 and Swanson 21 of 22. The Stangs went 101 of 122.

Two in a row

The Mustangs maintained the win streak as they traveled to Florence Sept. 22 only to beat the Falcons again in another hard fought battle. The Stangs won 3-1, taking the first match 25-21, the third 25-22 and the fourth 25-17. The Falcons won the second match 25-17.

In serving, Larson went 22 of 22 for two aces and Zoey O’Riley 18 of 19 for one. As a team they went 84 of 89 for four aces.

In setting, Swanson went 120 of 127 for 39 assists and Bludorn 11 of 13 for four. The Stangs went 135 of 144 for 44 assists.

In attacks, Perason went 48 of 58 for 23 kills, Bludorn 47 of 50 for 19 and Larson 45 of 50 for 13. As a team they went 154 of 175 for 68 kills.

Bludorn gathered two blocks and Nerissa Welch one.

In digs, Pearson recorded 27 of 31 and Swanson 24 of 29. As a team they gathered 103 of 133.

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