Tigers beat Trinity for Silver Division Championship

The New England volleyball team placed first in the Silver Division at the Coal Country Invitational Tournament in Beulah on Saturday, Aug. 27.

By RACHEL BOCK | Herald Reporter

The New England volleyball team placed first in the Silver Division at the Coal Country Invitational Tournament in Beulah on Saturday, Aug. 27.

The pool play started off with losses to Our Redeemers and Flasher, but the Tigers fought hard with a win against New Salem that placed them into the Silver Division of the tournament.

The Tigers started the tournament play with a win against Lisbon. Hafner said a couple of early key plays got her girls fired up in the beginning of the tournament.

“We did much better in tournament play. Hailee Kuske started us off with a block and Elizabeth Kaufman got a kill right away and the whole dynamic of the team changed,” Hafner said.

Next, the Tigers faced Lewis and Clark, a team that has a great outside player. Hafner set up her middles around the Lewis and Clark player and the Tigers were able to obtain a lot of digs that game.  The Tigers also forced Lewis and Clark to make a lot of errors, which was another key to the Tigers win.

The Championship game brought the Tigers into a regional match up with Dickinson Trinity. The Tigers came out really strong, and they were up by six points, but the Titans came back to take the win from the Tigers with a score of 25 to 22.

The second game, the Tigers were down 13 to 6, and with a timeout and pep talk from the head coach, the Tigers came back for the win 25 to 22. Freshman Hadley Binstock went into a seven to one serving run which kept the Tigers in the game.

The third game was all New England as the Tigers were fired up and beat Trinity 15 to 9. Coach Hafner credits the whole team for the win and was happy with the leadership from all her starters. Tori Jalbert and Adrienne Roller kept the team motivated and in check, while Paige Ehlis and Hailee Kuske dominated the floor with blocks and kills which opened up everything for Hadley Binstock and Elizabeth Kaufman.

Hailee Kuske had the most blocks in the Coal Country Tournament with 26 blocks.

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