Fresh off winning the Northfield 4-way tournament Saturday, the Northfield Lady Norse volleyball team pulled off a major upset Wednesday by knocking off 2A, #7 Madison Grant 22-25, 27-15, 26-24, 22-25, 15-8.
The Lady Norse and the Argylls punched and counter punched most of the night, with Northfield’s game two win being the largest lead by either team all night.
Early in game one set up the tone for the night as the Norse went up 4-1 and Madison Grant coming back to tie the score. Northfield went to Kylie Echard and Elaina Terrill early as the two power hitters kept the Norse even. Tied 9-9 Terrill would record a kill that was followed by an Echard block and two kills to give Northfield a 13-9 lead. At 14-10 it was the Argylls turn to make a run, scoring eight straight points to go up 18-14. The Norse would battle, but could never cut the lead to less than two points as Madison Grant took game one 25-22.
Game two would see saw back and forth early, being tied four times until 8-8. Liz Howenstine would score on a tip that was followed by a Terrill kill and the Norse went up 11-8. Madison Grant would then make a 4-0 run to take a 12-11 lead when the Norse took over. Howenstine again would score on a tip that started a 6 point run. With Abigail Poole serving, Echard would score on a block and a kill as the Lady Norse led 17-12. The Argylls would cut the lead to 19-15, but the Norse were not going to be denied. An Echard kill along with an Arie Kennedy ace increased the lead to 22-15. Tory Snyder and Holly Dyson would record kills as Northfield evened the match with a 25-17 win.
With the night being tied at one game each, game three was big for both teams. The Norse held the lead early, but never being up by more than three points. At 14-12 Madison Grant made their move. The Argylls ripped off five straight to take a 17-14 lead, but the Norse had a counter punch. Down 18-15, Echard went to work with two kills and a block for a point as Northfield took the lead back 19-18. Three straight points by the Argylls had Northfield on their heels, but the Norse responded. Down 23-22 Echard knocked home two straight kills, but the Argylls tied the score at 24. After a Madison Grant error, Tory Snyder pounded home the game winner, as the Norse took game three 26-24 and led 2-1.
The Argylls got the good start early in game four, taking an 11-5 lead before Northfield gathered themselves. The Norse chipped away with Kennedy and Poole controlling the back row. The Norse would score 10 of the next 13 points to grab a 15-14 lead, forcing Madison Grant to take a time out. The Argylls came out of the time out with new direction, scoring four straight to take an 18-15 lead that they never let go, winning game four 25-22 to force a game five.
Game five was all Northfield. Elaina Terrill got things going with a kill as the Norse built a 4-1 lead. With the Argylls maybe running out of gas, the Norse would allow Madison Grant just one offensive point the entire game. With the game 11-8 after an Echard kill, Terrill would slam home two straight to increase the lead to 13-8 as the Norse smelled upset. After and Argyll error, Holly Dyson would drive home the game winner as the Norse took game five 15-8 and the match 3-2.
Liz Howenstine set up 52 assists enabling Kylie Echard to total 24 kills and Elaina Terrell to hit down 16 kills. Holly Dyson and Tori Snyder each added 5 kills and Cherish Leming picked up 2. Echard also helped the defense by adding 7 solo blocks, 12 receptions, and 6 digs. The rest of the defense moved well through the ball tonight. Arie Kennedy grabbed 36 digs and 28 receptions, with Abigail Poole picking up 10 digs and 19 receptions. Marlee Stefanatos had 17 receptions and 9 digs. Poole also served for 18 points with Howenstine serving 13.
Coach Dale ”It was a great intensity filled game. Our blocking allowed us to defend well against some heavy hitters and then in turn allowed us to attack each ball better than before. Our kids did a great job tonight.”