Wolverines, Knights Battle It Out On Court
WEST?BEND – It took five games Tuesday night to decide the meeting of West Bend-Mallard and Graettinger/Terril on the volleyball court. In the end, it would be the Lady Wolverines of West Bend-Mallard who would pull out the 3-2 victory over the Knight netters.
West Bend-Mallard won the opening game of the set by a 25-22 score, but lost games two and three to the Knights by scores of 10-25 and 21-25 before rallying to tie the match at 25-18 to force the fifth and deciding match. The rubber game would be a back and forth affair that the Lady Wolverines would end up winning with the 15-13 final tally.
Jessica Fehr led West Bend-Mallard with 14 digs, 18 assists and five kills, while Courtney Bargman was perfect at the serving line with 14 of 14 serving, 12 digs, 10 assists and five kills.
Brooke Banwart chipped in four ace serves and dug out 17 shots on the night, while McKenzie Grimm went 18 for 18 serving and added 11 digs, nine kills and blocked four shots.
The Lady Wolverines got 13 of 14 serves from Haley Banwart, along with three kills and a trio of blocked shots. Mackenzie Banwart would make 15 of 15 serves, added 15 digs, made eight kills and had three blocked shots.
Meredith Collins was a force at the net, completing 21 of 23 hits with four kills and blocked three shots. Kayla Banwart would round out the effort for West Bend-Mallard with 15 for 15 serving and seven digs.
For Graettinger/Terril, Nikki Brown would make 20 kills on the night, a career high, while Ashley Rehm added eight ills and Morgan Mortenson added a half-dozen kills to the effort.
Lindsay Flaharty dished out 24 assists to her teammates on the night, and was perfect at the serving line, making 34 of 34 service attempts with three aces to her credit.
Morgan Mortenson was also perfect with 22 of 22 serves and five aces, while Hailley Nelson nailed all 19 of her serve attempts and gained two aces.
Defensively, Alissa Simington dug out 10 shots, while Hailley Nelson and Lindsay Flaharty both dug out seven shots.
Nikki Brown would field 28 serves, with Lindsay Flaharty handling 15 and Alissa Simington fielding 12 serves.
“Costly errors and the lack of net play created huge consequences for the Knights, ultimately resulting in a 2-3 loss to West Bend-Mallard,” noted G/T Head Coach Jeff Sansgaard. “The bright spots was the serving game led by senior setter Lindsay Flaharty who was not only 34/34 serving but topped that with 20 assists.”
Sansgard continued, “The Knights almost pulled it out in both the first game and the fifth game which would have made the difference for GT.”