The 2010 Manawa high school freshman girls volleyball has begun.
This year’s freshman team consists of: Kali Young, Baylee Gorges, Breana Haines , Molly Loughrin, Haley Ingersoll, Jessie Luedke, Miranda Wohlrabe and Courtlynn Oltz.
The freshman wolves began the season by traveling to Marion to take on the Mustangs Tuesday, Aug. 30. Set one started off well.
Loughrin had five strong serves in a row to get Manawa the lead. A tough server by the Mustangs’ brought Marion back into the game. A dig by Holtz from the back row gave Manawa a side-out and the serve. Haines had 14 serves in a row, 12 of them being aces, for game point. A tip kill by Luedke gave set one to Manawa with a final score of 25-12.
In set two, Manawa was feeling much more comfortable on the court and was able to use their offense. Young set up Ingersoll for a kill to bring momentum onto the Wolves’ court. Oltz tipped the ball to the Mustangs’ back corner for a side-out. Manawa used tough serves and offense to take set 2 with a score of 25-10.
In set three, the Mustangs and Wolves were back-and-forth. Wohlrabe was on a roll at the net with four kills. Gorges kept her feet moving in the back to make a save on the line. Holtz finished off the game with three hard serves for a final score of 25-22. Serving 100 percent from the line was Gorges.
The Wolves hosted the Brillion Lions Thursday, Sept. 2.
Set one started off strong. Manawa was on top and the front row saw a lot of action. Assists by Loughrin allowed Oltz to tip the ball into the Lions’ court for a side-out. Holtz made a diving save to keep the ball alive. Haines brought out her tough serve to earn the lead and the set with a score of 25-21.
Going into set two, the Lions stepped it up. Ingersoll and Haines covered the front row, with assists by Young, but the Wolves seemed to lose confidence. Hard serves from the Lions allowed them to gain the lead and set with a score of 25-22.
Set three was needed to determine a match winner. Once again the two teams were neck-and-neck through the first rotation. Gorges and Wohlrabe made smart choices at the net to get Manawa some easy points. Luedke had a save on the line to gain a side out. Haines came back with some great serves, but was unable to get the lead and Manawa lost 21-25. Serving 90 percent or above from the line were Gorges, Haines, Young and Loughrin.