The Manawa Wolves’ volleyball team traveled to Amherst to face the Falcons Tuesday, Sept. 21.
The junior varsity squad looked a bit sluggish as set one began. The Wolves finally settled into their routine and picked up the momentum. While serving, Ansley Block and Wendy Kons helped Manawa build a lead. The Wolves’ libero Torrie Dean continued to play well in the back row. Manawa’s offense outplayed the Amherst defense and gave the Wolves the win for set one. Set two and the match went to the Wolves as the Falcons could not return serves from Olivia Levezow and Lexie Sell. Sets from Jennifer Spick were hit hard by the Manawa front row. With one more set to go, Manawa made some changes on the court. Normally playing in the back court, Nicki Cady became a hitter for the Wolves and played well in the front row, going hard after the ball. Cady was joined up front by Kim Retzke and Paige Schernecker, who attacked the ball and slammed it back into Amherst territory. The Wolves swept the Falcons with a win in the third set. The match ended 25-13, 25-7 and 25-20.
The junior Wolves went to Shiocton Thursday, Sept. 23, for a scheduled quadrangular against the Chiefs, the Weyauwega-Fremont Indians and the Wittenberg-Birnamwood Chargers, who were not able to attend.
The Wolves faced the Chiefs first. Once again, Manawa was slow as set one began. The girls had a difficult time getting into a rhythm and breaking the hard serves from the Chiefs. Schernecker was aggressive in the front row, but Shiocton covered her hits well. For the Wolves, Dean and Spick defended the Wolves’ court from their opponents. Manawa was defeated in set one, but quickly recovered for set two. Front row attacks from Block and Levezow put points on the board for the Wolves. Retzke’s serving pulled Manawa ahead and the Wolves held on to win set two. The match winner would be determined in set three. Manawa had the early lead, but Shiocton soon jumped ahead and stayed on top. The Wolves’ had great defensive plays by Cady, Kons, and Sell as they hustled after the ball and had several digs. The match went to Shiocton, but the JV team played well and challenged the Chiefs, offensively and defensively. The match ended 12-25, 25-18 and 11-15.
In the next match the Wolves faced Weyauwega-Fremont. In set one, the Indians got an early lead. Offensive attacks from Block and Retzke found open court, scoring points for Manawa. From the service line, Levezow helped the Wolves gain some ground, but the damage had already been done. Manawa just could not get a long enough rally going to give them the lead. Set one went to Wega-Fremont. The Wolves came out more aggressive for set two. Defensive plays by Cady and Kons kept the game close. Schernecker swung hard at the ball and was able to sneak it through the W-F defense. However, the Indians were able to hold onto the lead and win set two and the match. Manawa stepped onto the court for their final set of the night. Smart defensive strategy by Dean and Spick helped keep Weyauwega-Fremont from getting game point. The Wolves rallied to within two points with Sell at the service line. However, the Indians eventually found an opening on the Wolves’ court and smashed the ball into it to win set three. The match ended 18-25, 23-25 and 13-15.
The Manawa junior varsity team has a record of seven wins and five losses.