The Lady Wolves volleyball team traveled to Weyauwega Tuesday, Oct. 5, for their last regular conference match. As usual, the Indians and Wolves provided the fans great entertainment with close games.
On the following Saturday, Manawa made the trip to Wittenberg-Birnamwood to play their first three matches of the conference tournament. They matched up against the hosting team, the Amherst Falcons and the Pacelli Cardinals.
Manawa vs. W-F
Going into the match against Weyauwega-Fremont, the Wolves knew they would have to play their best volleyball to compete against the second ranked Indians. In the first set of the night, Manawa struggled to put together offensive rallies, only scoring three points off of serves. Wega-Fremont won the set 25-14.
The second set was a much closer match, with the lead swapping back-and- forth and many ties early in the game. Unfortunately, with the score 15 to 14 in Manawa’s favor, W-F put together a 10-point run, going up 24 to 15. On their side out, Manawa was only able to score one point and the Indians went up 2 sets to 0 with a score of 25 to 16.
In the third set, the Wolves knew it was “do or die”. They proved that at the very beginning of the set as Krista Braun stepped up to serve first. With great offensive help from her teammates, Braun scored eight points, including two aces, before W-F could even earn a side out. The Wolves were able to use this early lead to keep a good cushion and won the set 25-20.
Two runs of five points or more helped Wega-Fremont to reach 25 first in the fourth and final set of the match. Manawa’s longest run was four points, with Ashley Remington serving points 14 to 17. The final score was 25 to 17.
Braun not only led her team in assists for the match with 12, but she also had the most points with 8.5. She also contributed 11 digs. Makayla Johnson had an awesome night off the bench. As a defensive specialist, she led the Wolves with 15 digs. Ali Dean also played very well defensively with 12 digs, plus four offensive points. Other point contributors included: Aimee Drath 6, MaryKay Heinz 4, Kali Draeger 2.5, and Kayla Johnson 2. Ashley Remington was the only team member to serve 100 percent (15-of-15) for the night.
Manawa vs. W-B
At the conference tournament, Manawa started their morning by facing off against the # 1 ranked Wittenberg-Birnamwood Chargers. Due to illness, the Wolves line up was somewhat different than normal. Danielle Ferg stepped into Ashley Remington’s position, who was home sick. Ferg did an awesome job, as did Makayla Johnson, who was playing libero for the very first time. Even though the Chargers won the match in three sets, 25-17, 25-7 and 25-17, the Wolves’ coaches and fans were very proud of how their team played against Wittenberg-Birnamwood, especially considering the lineup changes.
Heinz led her team with six points, followed closely by Braun, who had 5.5. Other point contributors included: Draeger 4, K. Johnson 1.5, Dean 1, and Drath 1. Dean had the most digs with 13, but Drath (11), Braun (10) and M. Johnson (10) also did a great job keeping the ball alive. Ferg led her team from the service line, serving 10-of-10 while M. Johnson (6-of-6) and Megan O’Brien (5-of-5) were also 100 percent.
Manawa vs. Amherst
Though the match finished in three sets, the competition was very equal. Amherst won the sets with scores of: 25-19, 25-21, and 25-21.
Aimee Drath had an excellent match against the Falcons. She led her team in points, with 10, and digs, with 13. She also served 10-of-11. Braun and Draeger both had six points for the match and Heinz had 5.5, 4.5 which were block kills. Other point contributors included: Dean (4), K. Johnson 2.5, M. Johnson 1, and O’Brien 1. M. Johnson served 11-of-11, while Ferg (9-of-9) was also 100 percent.
Manawa vs. Pacelli
The final match of the day was the best for the Wolves. In the first two sets against the fourth ranked Cardinals, the Wolves played some great volleyball while allowing Pacelli to make simple mistakes. Manawa went into the third set leading by two games, with the first game being decided by only two points (25-23) and the second set’s score at 25-21. In the third set, the Wolves dominated early. When the Wolves led 24 to 16 it looked like the match would go to Manawa. Unfortunately, the Wolves could not earn a side out until the Cardinals tied the set at 24. Playing back-and-forth for the next four points, Pacelli final put the set away, winning 28 to 26. After that devastating loss, Manawa was unable to regroup. Pacelli easily took the fourth and fifth and sets, 25-12 and 15-6.
Heinz had four block kills and nine spike/tip kills to lead her team with 13 points. Braun and Drath followed closely behind with 11 points and nine points, respectively. Dean had seven points for the match while Draeger and K. Johnson each contributed four and M. Johnson had one. Braun also had 20 assists for the match and 12 digs.
The libero, Makayla Johnson, played a very impressive defensive game. She had 21 digs! Dean has proven throughout the year that she is a very well rounded volleyball player. Along with scoring her seven points, she had the second most digs with 17. Once again, Ferg was 100 percent from the service line, serving 15-of-15. She was the only player who served 100 percent for the entire tournament. O’Brien was also 100 percent against the Cardinals, serving 12-of-12.