Lady Tigers beat Flasher Bulldogs

The New England Tigers volleyball team hosted the Flasher Bulldogs on Thursday, September 24, 2015.

The Lady Tigers face off against Flasher. (PHOTO BY RACHEL BOCK | The Herald)
The Lady Tigers face off against Flasher. (PHOTO BY RACHEL BOCK | The Herald)

By RACHEL BOCK | Herald Reporter

The New England Tigers volleyball team hosted the Flasher Bulldogs on Thursday, September 24, 2015.

Set one went to the Lady Tigers as they came ready to go, and Head Coach Taylor Hafner was pleased with the way her girls came together as a team, and she was also happy with the way her team passed the ball and communicated. The Tigers won the set by four with a score of New England 25, Flasher 21.

Even though the Tigers were coming off of a victorious set one, they went into a back and forth battle with the Bulldogs in set two. The Tigers found themselves down 14 to 17, which looked like set two, might go to Flasher. All of a sudden there were some big plays in the front row, and a couple of phenomenal dives by sophomore Victoria Jalbert. This was exactly what the Tigers needed to finish set two. The Lady Tigers won set two by four with a score of New England 25, Flasher 21.

However, the Bulldogs weren’t ready to head home that quickly. They executed well and took advantage of the Tigers, who weren’t moving their feet, and struggling in their passing game. Set three went to Flasher by seven with a score of Flasher 25, New England 18.

Set four was definitely an all out brawl with both teams not ready to give up. Both teams went back and forth with the lead, and they kept fighting until the very end.

The Lady Tigers came out to play and wanted to finish set four the way they finished sets one and two— with a victory.

The Tigers won set four by two with a score of New England 26, Flasher 24.

“All of a sudden we had a fantastic block from Hailee Kuske and that brought everybody into the game. Then all of a sudden we just rallied, it was fantastic. Hallie Peterson comes and throws some great hits; Elizabeth Kaufman made some great plays in the back row,” Head Coach Hafner said.

Hailee Kuske led the Tigers in kills with 16, and three blocks. Linzee Volk had 10 kills, and 10 digs. Jenna Ehlis had seven kills, one block, one ace, 11 digs, and one assist. Paige Ehlis had one block, four aces, and led the Tigers in assists with 38. Adrienne Roller had one ace, and Tori Jalbert had 11 digs for the Lady Tigers.

Stats for Flasher: (Kills) Secora Schmidt-11, Emma Marion-9, Jenny Campbell-11 (Blocks) Secora Schmidt-2, Emma Marion-2 (Aces) Cadee Heinle-5, Emma Marion-3, (Digs) Josie VandenBurg-5, Secora Schmidt-4, Emma Marion-4 (Assists) Whitney Leingang-14, Sarah Schafer-6

Sets:

1 – New England 25, Flasher 21

2 – New England 25, Flasher 21

3 – New England 18, Flasher 25

4 – New England 26, Flasher 24

On Tuesday, September 22, the Lady Tigers defeated Shiloh Christian in a head to head battle that went into five sets.

“I had some girls stand up, Jenna Ehlis had 14 kills that game, and she really pushed herself in the back row. Paige Ehlis was great at communicating, and moving the ball around,” Hafner said.

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