October is ”Dig Pink” month for Northfield as they raise money for breast cancer. The Lady Norse were honoring Lynne Shafer, who is an active sub at NHS and was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in May of 2012. Lynne is married to Chuck Shafer and has two daughters, Jill and Julie. Lynne has had 10 major surgeries and is currently being treated weekly with chemotherapy. Lynne’s motivation these days are the words ”Sparkle and Shine” and being around positive people.
Although it was a three set match, the night was much closer than the out come. The Lady squires would strike first with a kill from Cierra Carter and a block from Kendra Binkley to take a 2-0 lead. Behind kills from Tory Snyder and Kylie Echard the Norse would bounce back to take a 5-3 lead with the teams trading the lead four more times when Manchester led 9-8. The Norse would then take advantage of some Squires errors and get another kill from Snyder to score 5 points in a row to lead 13-9. The Squires would battle, but could never cut the lead to less than 2 points. At 21-18 the Norse would get kills from Echard and Liz Howenstine to score 4 straight and win game one 25-18.
Game two had six major runs and went overtime as the Squires tried to even the match. The Lady Squires got off to a great start when Sydney Snep recorded a kill and Marrett Metzger served an ace as Manchester jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Cassidy Miller would stop the Manchester run with a tip for a point, but the Squires scored 3 of the next 4 points to take an 8-2 lead. The Norse would then catch fire. Snyder would get a kill that was followed by a Holly Dyson ace that ignited a 6 point run to knot the score at 8. Manchester would then go on their second run of the game, scoring 6 in a row and 9 of the next 10 points to open an 8 point gap at 17-9. Carter had two kills and Snep an ace during the run. Elaina Terrill would get hot for the Norse as they clawed their way back, closing the gap to 19-15 when it looked like the Squires would put the game away. Manchester would score 4 straight behind a block and a kill from Binkley to lead 23-15 when the Norse would go again. With Terrill serving, Northfield would rip off 6 straight to make it 23-21 when the Squires called time out. After the time out Sydney Snep would drive home a kill to give Manchester a 24-21 lead. With a chance for the win, the Squires tipped a shot out of bounds to give the Norse a point. Kylie Echard would then pound a kill and Manchester was called for a rotation violation and the score was tied at 24. Manchester would go back up 25-24 on a Snep kill, when Dyson and Echard answered with kills to give Northfield a 26-25 lead. The Norse then forced a Manchester error to pull out game two 27-25.
Northfield would take command early in game three, scoring 15 of the first 19 points to lead 15-4. At 18-5 the Squires would score 6 of the next 7 points to make it 19-11 before a Norse 5 point run made it 24-11, as the Norse went on to win game three 25-12.
Liz Howenstine set up 30 assists on the night. Kylie Echard connected well with Howenstine for 11 kills. Elaina Terrell and Tori Snyder each added 5 and Holly Dyson had 4 kills. Cassidy Miller connected for 3 kills and Cherish Leming added 2. Howenstine also added 3 kills, 13 digs, and 7 points. Arie Kennedy picked up 13 digs, 16 receptions, and 6 points. Abigail Poole contributed 10 receptions and 7 digs with 8 points. Terrell added an ace with 5 points and a solo block. Echard tallied 2 solo blocks, 10 digs, 7 receptions, an ace and 9 points. Dyson and Snyder both had one solo block and 3 aces each with Dyson coring 15 points. Marlee Stefanatos added 5 receptions and 3 digs. Leming also added one solo block.
For Manchester Cali Spann had 8 digs. Rae Bedke had 1 ace, 14 assist, 4digs. Marret Metzger had 2 aces, 8 digs. Corrie Osborne had 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 dig. Leah Sorg had 3 assist, 1block. Ellie Milam had 1 ace, 9 digs. Kendra Binkley had 6 kills, 4 blocks. Sydney Snep had 2 aces, 5 kills, 4 blocks , 2 digs. Madison Isbell had 1 kill, 1 block. Cierra Carter had 1 ace, 6 kills, 2 digs.
The Lady Norse volleyball team is selling pink ribbons to hang in the gym and selling pink shirts to raise money for breast cancer, with all of the ribbon proceeds and part of the shirt proceeds going to Lynne Shafer to help with medical expenses that are astronomical. If you would like to donate contact Northfield volleyball coach Angie Dale or any Norse volleyball player.