The week of Sept. 20 was a quiet one for the Lady Wolves varsity volleyball team. They only had one match – traveling to Amherst to face off against the Falcons.
Though Manawa was not able to come out on top, they sure put on a good show for the fans with two out of the three sets being decided by only two points and one set having seven set points!
In set one, Manawa started out quickly, putting three points on the board with Krista Braun serving one offensive point and two aces. On the second server, though, the Falcons had a five-point run, going up 7-4. After that run, Manawa was never able to tie the set or take the lead. Even though the set ended 25-17 in Amherst’s favor, it seemed that the two teams had played a tighter game.
The second set proved how truly equal these two teams were. With momentum on their side from the previous game, Amherst actually gained an early lead, 6-2. Manawa was able to tie the game up at 7 and then took the lead at 15-13. The Wolves’ biggest lead of the game, and match, came when they led Amherst 20-15. With Manawa threatening to gain their 24th point, Amherst, who was down 23-19, earned a side-out and rallied to tie the score. Manawa was able to go ahead 24-23, but could not finish the game, even allowing Amherst to take control 25-24. Manawa tied it up at 25 and Ali Dean served up one offensive point for Manawa to have the advantage. The game was played back-and-forth, point-for-point, for the next three servers. With the score 28-29 in Manawa’s favor, Amherst was finally able to get a side-out and two offensive points to win 31-29.
Set number three started much the same as set two finished. Both teams played really great defense. Manawa only allowed Amherst two offensive points while Amherst only allowed Manawa one until the score was 6-7, Amherst. At this point Amherst served three in a row and went up 11-6. Though Manawa would fight back late in the set, coming within three at 17-20 and even within one at 20-21, Amherst was able to squeak out a two-point victory, 25-23.
Manawa’s setter Krista Braun had a really good match against Amherst. She not only led her team with 13 assists, but she was also the team’s second highest point leader with 10, eight of which were kills. She also tied Megan O’Brien for the second most digs, with nine. The team’s junior left-side hitter, Aimee Drath, played very well also. She was the point leader with 12 and she also served 100 percent from the line, serving 10-of-10. Senior middle hitter MaryKay Heinz was excited about her performance against a very tough Falcon middle. Heinz had four block kills for the night and four spike/tip kills.
Other point contributors included: Kali Draeger 6, Ali Dean 5, Kayla Johnson 4, and Makayla Johnson 1. Dean was the dig leader for her team with 10 and Ashley Remington was the only other team member who was 100 percent from the line, serving 15-15.