The Manchester volleyball team lost their first two games 19-25, 14-25 to Wawasee Tuesday before a thrilling comeback. The gritty Lady Squires won game three 27-25 and game four 25-20 before losing game five in overtime 20-22.
In game one Manchester fell behind early, trailing 3-8 when the Lady Squires made a move. Rae Bedke used a backwards tip for a point that ignited an 8-1 run to give Manchester an 11-9 lead. During the run Kendra Binkley and Corrie Osborne had kills. The theme of the game would stay with runs as Wawasee answered with a 6-1 run to grab the lead back before a Squire 4-0 run put Manchester back up 16-15. During the run it was Osborne again along with Lea Sorg doing the damage. Wawasee would use a five point and four point run to end game one 19-25.
In game two the Squires fell behind 0-2 before Cierra Carter knocked down a kill and along with an ace from Bedke and a kill from Sorg led 5-3. Wawasee had found their groove in game two and with the Squires struggling the visitors took advantage with several mini runs to pull away and win game two 14-25.
Things were not looking good to start game three when Wawasee took off to a 0-7 lead. Not willing to give in the Lady Squires called a time out to regroup and came out swinging. With the Warriors up 1-8 Sorg would record a kill that started a 10 point run to give Manchester an 11-8 lead. Binkley had a kill during the run with Marret Metzger getting two aces. The Squires kept the pressure on, scoring 6 of the next 10 points and led 17-12 when Wawasee made a move to gain a 18-19 lead. Again, not folding the Squires rebounded, with Cierra Carter nailing two kills and a block and with a Bedke ace the Squires were back up 22-19. With the game tied at 25, Leah Brandenburg recorded a kill and the Squires forced a Warrior error to win game three 27-25.
Manchester would be the team to get the good start in game four with Binkley and Osborne owning the net to grab a 4-1 lead. After a Warrior point, Osborne and Sorg would control the net to help Manchester score five in a row and led 9-2. With Wawasee struggling this time, the Squires smelled it and kept the pedal to the medal to build a 22-9 lead and led 24-11 when the air went out of a tire. Wawasee would score 9 straight points to make it 24-20 before Kendra Binkley turned off the lights with a kill for a 25-20 win and forcing a game five.
In the deciding game five the Squires got the start they wanted, taking off to a 4-1 lead on kills from Binkley and Osborne. Two kills from the Warriors, plus three errors the Squires led 7-3 when things got tight. Wawasee would then out score Manchester 9-5 to knot the game at 12 and the game would have seven more ties until 20-20 when Wawasee ended the night with two kills for a 20-22 win.
Stat leaders for the night.
Kills : Carter 12, Sorg 7, Binkley 5
Aces : Metzger 4, Bedke 2, Parrett 2, Sorg 2
Blocks : Osborne 8, Sorg 3
Digs : Bedke 15, Metzger 14, Milam 12, Casper 11
Assist : Bedke 20
JV lost 17-25 and 24-25. For serving Leiah Brandenburg led in aces with 3, Kennedy Rosen, Karly Eichenauer, and Alyssa Spann each added 2. Our setter, Kendra Auler, helped out with 5 assists. Her hitters, Leiah Brandenburg, Sydney Day, Kennedy Rosen, Alyssa Spann, and Paige Wagoner all had one kill for the night and Auler had one as well. Karly Eichenauer led in digs with 7 followed by Alyssa Spann with 4 digs. Our only play on the net was a solo block by Brandenburg.