Wolves fall to Indians, Bonduel
By Corrie Ziemer
Manawa’s volleyball team opened Central Wisconsin-8 Conference play against Weyauwega-Fremont and Bonduel, but came up short in both matches.
W-F 3, Manawa 0
MANAWA – The scores of the Sept. 8 match against Weyauwega-Fremont did not truly reflect how good of a game it was between the rivals.
W-F took a 5-2 lead in the first set and Manawa spent the rest of the game playing catch-up. With Haley Reierson serving four points in a row, the Wolves were able to bring the game within two at 11-9, but that was the closest they would get. The Indians put seven points on the board and Manawa fell 25-13.
The Wolves struggled to earn any offensive points in the second and third games, as all but two points were earned through rally play. A lack of aggressive attacking by Manawa allowed the Indians to take both games by an identical 25-11 score.
Although the Wolves struggled offensively, they did play some very good defense. Libero Sophie Forbes had 14 digs, while Reierson had 10 and Alissa Suehs and JorjaRose Brennan added six each.
Reierson also led the team from the service line, serving seven-for-seven with Suehs close behind (six-for-six) and Brennan (four-for-four) and McKenzie Zielke (one-for-one) also serving 100 percent. Middle hitter Harmony Rice led the Wolves in points with four (three kills and one solo block), followed by Claire Kreklow (three) and Carlee Zander (two) and Suehs and Chloe Koehn (one). Setters Kreklow and Mandy Krueger had eight assists.
Bonduel 3, Manawa 0
BONDUEL – The Wolves played a much closer game against the Bears Sept. 10. Although Bonduel swept the match 25-18, 25-17, 25-20, Manawa played more aggressively and matched up better with the Bears.
The teams played closely back and forth in the first set until the score was 15-14 in the Bears’ favor. Bonduel’s next server then put seven points on the board to give the home team a 22-14 lead.
The second set was played much the same as the first. Early in the game, the Wolves allowed the Bears only one offensive point. Unfortunately, the Bears tied the game at 15-15 and then had another offensive run with seven unanswered points. Manawa tried to fight back, but could not close the gap.
Determined to take the match to a fourth set, Manawa came out aggressive in the third game, but the Wolves’ momentum was ruined when an improper substitution issue occurred and Bonduel was given penalty points. The Bears took advantage of Manawa’s error to go ahead 18-14. With Brennan serving, the Wolves put five points on the board to take a 19-18 lead.
Bonduel was able to put up a rally point and one offensive point while Manawa only scored a rally point.
Kreklow led the team in points (6.5) and assists (seven); Rice was close behind Kreklow with 5.5 points; Suehs, Koehn and Zander added three; and Ellen Field and Brennan each contributed one.
Reierson led Manawa with 14 digs, while Suehs was the team’s only 100-percent server, going seven-for-seven.
• Corrie Ziemer coaches the Manawa varsity volleyball team.