The Manawa Wolves volleyball teams played host to the Bonduel Bears Tuesday, Sept. 7, and to the Pacelli Cardinals Thursday, Sept. 9.
13-25, 24-26, 25-23
The junior varsity squad appeared to be missing drive as they stepped onto the court. The Bears had two good runs from the service line during set one and the Lady Wolves were not able to make a comeback. Front row players Olivia Levezow, Kim Retzke and Paige Schernecker had several good swings at the ball, however, Bonduel’s defense was quick to stop the ball from hitting the floor. The Bears handed the Wolves a defeat in set one.
Manawa picked up their defense as they headed into set two. Nicki Cady and Torrie Dean defended the Wolves’ court and stopped the Bears from scoring on several attacks. While playing in the front row, Lexie Sell also played great defense as she contested the hits from Bonduel’s front line. Manawa had the lead over Bonduel, but the Bears made another run from the service line and came from behind to win.
Going into set three, the girls’ heads were hanging low. Strong front row hitting by Ansley Block seemed to bring their spirits up. Assists from Jennifer Spick to her hitters proved to be too much for the Bears as their defense began to fall apart. On Manawa’s side of the net, Wendy Kons hustled after the attacks made by Bonduel. The Wolves were able to pull out the win in set three by two points; however, the match win went to Bonduel.
Manawa vs. Pacelli
20-25, 25-19, 25-23
The Cardinals got an early lead in set one and held onto it. Cady, Dean and Sell hustled in the back row to defend the Wolves’ court. They made sure the Cardinals did not score easily. The Lady Wolves continued to play well in set two. Spick had great assists to Retzke and Kons, who swung hard, forcing the ball to the floor. Manawa was able to outplay Pacelli for the win in set two. Going into set three, the Wolves were ready for a fight. After one complete rotation, Manawa was down 12-21. There was work to be done and Block started the Wolves’ rally from the service line. Strong hits from Levezow and Schernecker helped bring Manawa back on top. With the momentum in their favor, the Wolves never looked back and won set three by two points. Despite being down by nine points, the JV team pulled together and played well to ensure them the match victory.
The Wolves improved their record to 5-2.