Wildfire survive determining district match against Tigers

The New England Tigers hosted the Wildfire from Mott-Regent Tuesday evening in a cross-county, and more importantly, a district seed determining matchup.

By Kevin Schaefer

The Herald

Posted Oct. 5, 2012

The New England Tigers hosted the Wildfire from Mott-Regent Tuesday evening in a cross-county, and more importantly, a district seed determining matchup. Both teams had similar records going into the contest and, on paper, it appeared that the matchup was going to be a good one. True to form, that is exactly what happened.

Wildfire Coach Aryn Dangerud named Molly Kouba, Alyssa Olin, Marah Friez, Abby Honeyman, McKayla Roll and Naomi Meier as her starters for the evening. Tiger Coach Taylor Brown named Maddie Humleker, Gabbi Hanson, Erin Volk, Ashley Plaggemeyer, Bryanna Rasch and Hannah Nordby as her starters for the evening.

Hannah began game one on a positive note for the Tigers with an ace and New England scored two more in spite of a fantastic dig by Wildfire’s Kouba. New England’s Taylor Hewson entered the game and didn’t need much time to warm up because, almost immediately she got her first kill of the evening to bring the score to 5-1. Honeyman’s Block brought the score to 6-3 and Rasch’s kill made it 6-4. The teams traded points after many volleys and Wildfire’s Kitana Schmidt’s kill brought the score to 9-6, still in New England’s favor. New England kept a one to two point lead throughout game one, but the Wildfire just wouldn’t go away until finally, Mott-Regent tied the game at 24-24. The score was tied again at 25 and a Held Ball call and an out-of-bounds shot by the Tigers gave the first game to Mott-Regent 27-25.

The second game was all New England as they took a quick 3-0 lead until Naomi was credited with a Kill. Tiger Sophomore Taylor Hewson sparked her team with three aces and although there were some great plays by the Wildfire, they just couldn’t put anything together. The Tigers cruised to an easy 25-12 win.

The third game saw New England continuing their dominance 5-2 until a time out was called. The Wildfire came roaring back with three unanswered points to tie the game 5-5. It is said that volleyball is controlled by momentum and this game proved it true. The Tigers went on a 9-1 run, the Wildfire on a 9-3 run and soon the teams were tied again 19-19. The teams traded points throughout the rest of the game until another Ace by Taylor finished off the Wildfire 25-22.

The fourth game began with Marah serving and the Wildfire took an early 5-2 lead, gradually built the lead to five by the score of 10-5 and won game four, 25-17.

The momentum continued for Mott-Regent as they began the fifth game with a three point lead. The Tigers came back to tie the game 6-6, 9-9, 14-14 and 17-17. Friez was credited with a kill for a Wildfire lead and an oops by the Tigers closed out the game 19-17.

Mott-Regent 3,

New England 2

M-R 27 12 22 25 19

NE 25 25 25 17 17

M-R—Kills: Naomi Meier 11, Marah Friez 7, Abby Honeyman 7. Blocks: Friez 4, Honeyman 2. Assists: Alyssa Olin 28. Digs: Molly Kouba 4, Honeyman 4, Meier 4. Aces: Olin 4, McKayla 2.

NE—Kills: Bryanna Rasch 10, Taylor Hewson 10, Hannah Nordby 9. Blocks: Ashley Plaggemeyer 4, Rasch 2. Assists: Gabbi Hanson 18, Erin Volk 11. Digs: Nordby 10, Rasch 7, Autumn Wolf 6. Aces: Hewson 10, Volk 6, Hanson 3.


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