The Northfield varsity volleyball team did some house cleaning Thursday evening, sweeping Maconaquah 25-23, 25-22, 25-17 on senior night. With seniors Kylie Echard and Elaina Terrill playing at home for the last time and the teams ”Dig Pink” recipient Lynne Schafer in the gym, electricity was in the air.
The Norse came out swinging right out of the gate with Elaina Terrill and Kylie Echard getting kills to open a 4-1 lead. Another kill from Echard and two from Tori Snyder built the lead to 8-3. Maconaquah would then settle in to the game, scoring four of the next five game points to cut the Norse lead to 11-10. The game would settle to a boxing match with each team scoring two and giving up two until the Norse built a 22-18 lead. The Braves would then score three straight points to make it 22-21 when Terrill pounded one home to make it 23-21. At 23-22 Echard would do the same to make it 24-22 and at 24-23 Holly Dyson would end game one with a kill for a 25-23 win.
It would be Maconaquah who would get the good start in game two, taking off to a quick 2-6 lead. Two Brave errors and two Echard kills make it 6-7, but Maconaquah wouldn’t fold. Capitalizing on Norse errors the Braves built their lead to 9-14. At 11-16 the Norse would stop the bleeding. Elaina Terrill recorded a kill that started a 8-0 run and with Arie Kennedy serving the Norse would would grab a 19-16 lead. Echard had two kills during the run with Dyson and Snyder each adding a kill. Maconaqauh would close it to 19-18 when Snyder slammed one home and was followed by Dyson doing the same to lead 22-18. The Braves would then score four of the next five points and the Norse lead was just one at 23-22. On the Maconaquah serve, Marlee Stefanatos would save a near ace that trickled over the net and to the floor for a point. The Norse would then force a Maconaquah error and escaped game two 25-22.
In between games two and three the Northfield team honored ”Dig Pink” recipient Lynne Schafer with gifts from shirt and ribbon sales with Lynne’s family present as the entire gym stood in applause for her night.
With the electricity turned up a notch after the between game ceremonies, the Norse came out fired up. Elaina Terrill would get back to back kills that was followed by a Kylie Echard kill to lead 4-0. At 4-2 Terrill would duplicate her back to back feat and the Norse built the lead to 9-2. In the next sequence of points on some scratch your head calls, Maconaquah would cut in to the Norse lead and it was 10-7. At 11-9 it looked like the Lady Norse were going to run away from the Braves, scoring five straight, aided by a Snyder kill and a Dyson ace to lead 16-9, but back came the Braves. Maconaquah would score four straight and seven of the next nine points and the Northfield lead was 18-16. At that point the two seniors would take over as Northfield scored seven of the last eight points to win the game. Terrill had a kill during the run and Echard had a block to end the night 25-17 and 3-0.
Echard tallied 10 kills, 10 receptions, and 7 digs. Terrell left the night with 10 kills from the outside, 1 solo block, and added 2 digs. Snyder led the offense with 13 kills and an ace, and defensively had 2 solo blocks and 5 digs. Arie Kennedy led the defense with 30 digs and ten receptions. Marlee Stefanatos had 17 good receptions and 10 digs to go with one kill. Abigail Poole picked up 15 digs and 10 receptions. Holly Dyson had 7 kills, 2 assists, 2 aces, 3 receptions and 4 digs. Liz Howenstine set up 39 assists, 4 digs and a kill. Cherish Leming added a kill and a solo block.
The Norse travel to Warsaw on Saturday and play at 10 am.