The Manawa Wolves volleyball team had a busy week on their home court last week.
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, they played host to Weyauwega-Fremont and celebrated Parent’s Night. Then, on Thursday, Oct. 10, the Marion Mustangs came to town while the Wolves honored their seniors and raised funds for cancer awareness during their Think Pink event.
Manawa took control early against the Mustangs and Marion was never able to create a rhythm until the third set. In the first set, Lexie Sell started the Wolves off right with a six point run, with two of her serves being aces. Later in the set, Katie Velie put four points on the board and Kali Young finished the match serving two aces out of three serves. The final score was 25-15.
The second set was much the same as the first. Molly Loughrin, the Wolves second server, had two aces in a row. Sophomore, Alissa Suehs, came in to serve for Loughrin on the second rotation and she put four points on the board, with one of them being an ace. The Wolves won the second set, 25-13.
In the final game, the Wolves tried a different rotation that they have never played with before. This allowed the Mustangs a chance to pull out a win as the Manawa players tried to get comfortable in different roles. With the Wolves leading 21 to 12, Marion stepped up to serve and brought the game tp within three. Manawa was able to pull ahead 23 to 18. On their side out the Mustangs fought to finish the game, but could only get to 24. Earning a side out, the Wolves were able to fight for the win. Loughrin stepped in to serve and finished the game, and match, 26-24.
It was a great night for the Wolves. Not only did they honor their seniors and celebrate Think Pink, but the entire varsity squad saw plenty of playing time and almost every team member scored a point. Breana Haines had the most points with 10 and Kali Young followed her with eight. Both Sell and Loughrin had six for the night while Aubrie Millard (4), Velie (3), Ferg (3), Strebe (2), Baylee Gorges (1), and Suehs (1) all contributed.
Millard was the assist leader for the evening with 10. Many team members had digs for the match, with Sell and Ashlee Strebe leading with 8 and 6 each. Loughrin served the best from the line. She was 12-12 and Strebe (8-8), Young (4-4), Gorges (4-4) and Brogan Bartel (1-1) were all 100 percent also.
Against Weyauwega-Fremont the Wolves struggled to develop any offensive game. Though Manawa played decent defense, W-F had one server who the Wolves couldn’t stop. In set one she put six points on the board, eight in the second set and seven in the third set. These large runs were too much for the Wolves to overcome. W-F won in three sets with scores of 25-10, 25-12 and 25-14.
Haines led her team in points for the night with 6.5. Other team members who contributed points included: Strebe with three, Chloe Koehn with two, Young, Sell, and Autumn Ferg all with one and Millard with half a point.
Setters, Sell and Velie, tied as assists leaders for the night with six. Young, who was playing libero for the evening, led her team with eight digs. She also served 100 percent for the night, serving 5-5. Strebe was the only other perfect server, she served 6-6.