Lady Norse Volleyball Sweep Eastern

The Northfield Lady Norse volleyball team got out the brooms on Eastern Monday night, sweeping the Comets 25-12, 26-24, 25-14.

In game one Northfield edged out to an 8-4 lead, but Eastern clawed their way back and go ahead 9-8.  With the scored tied at 11 and Emily Shafer serving the Lady Norse peeled off 5 straight points to go up 16-11. During the run Kylie Echard had a block and a kill and Kendal Reed had a kill. After Eastern served it out of bounds to make it 17-12, Reed took the serve and never let it go, serving the game out, 25-12. Reed had two aces during the run, Echard a kill and the final point kill by Hali Sadler.

In game two Reed scored 4 of Northfield’s first 5 points with two tips and two aces. An ace by Morgan Tucker put the Lady Norse up 7-4 and a kill by Haley Walchle made it 8-5. Eastern would cut the lead to 9-8 before a Reed kill ignited a six point run, the last point a kill by Echard to make it 15-9.  Eastern would go on their own five point run to make it 15-14. Again Northfield would answer with two Echard and one Walchle kill to make it 19-14. After Eastern cut it to 1-17, Bayli Birk and Annie Clark each had tips, followed by a Tucker ace and it was 22-17. At 23-18 Eastern would go on a six point run to take a 24-23 lead. Northfield scored three straight points on Eastern errors to win 26-24.

In game three Eastern took an early 4-2 lead before Northfield came back to tie it at 5 behind an Echard block and kill and a Michelle Hendricks kill. After a couple ties Northfield had a 9-8 lead when Emily Shafer served 15 straight points to give the lady Norse a 24-9 lead. Shafer had four aces during the run, Echard a block and a kill and Reed a kill and a tip. Eastern would not die, scoring the next five points to make it 24-14 when Echard slammed home a kill to end the night.

Emily Shafer led the offense with 23 points, 10 aces, and 9 assists.  Kylie Echard posted 10 kills and 3 solo blocks.  Kendal Reed totaled 9 kills, 17 points and 5 aces.  Gentry Kline had a great defensive game with 17 receptions and 14 digs.  Shafer added 21 digs on the night.  Bayli Birk had 15 assissts and 17 digs.  Hali Sadler had 13 digs and 4 kills.
Coach Angie Dale Says: “Our serving proved to be very effective tonight and we had several long runs in which they could not return in the first and last games.  In game 2, we struggled a bit with letting them back in through offensive errors, but fought back to win in the end.  I felt as a team the communication was good, which helped us be more confident in our choices.”  Also thanks to Audrey Randel who was our honorary kid coach for the night.
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