Lady Squires Win County Battle Over Apaches

It was the first county matchup of the young volleyball season at Manchester Thursday as they took on Wabash. The Lady Squires defended home turf, sweeping Wabash 25-14, 25-15, 25-20.

Manchester took an early 4-0 lead in game one aided by a kill from Leah Sorg before Wabash cut the lead to 5-3. The Squires would then score four straight with Marret Metzger serving, when Katie Ford scored two straight with a kill and an ace to make it 9-5. With the score at 16-11 the Squires would all but put game one away, scoring four straight to take a 20-11 lead. Kendra Binkley and Madison Isbell had kills. At 22-14 Manchester would score the last three with a kill from Corrie Osborne and an ace from Kaitlyn Parrett to win game one 25-14.

Wabash got the good start in game two, getting two kills from Kristin Cromer and an ace from Jaycee Parrett to lead 3-1. The Squires would come marching back, again with Metzger serving to take a 5-4 lead and extend it to 10-6. After a Taylor Cain kill made it 10-7 Kendra Binkley would serve as Cierra Carter controlled the net to score five straight and grab a 15-7 lead. With Carter and Binkley patrolling the net the Squires went on to win game two 25-15.

Game three would be the tale of two halves as Wabash controlled the first half before a Manchester comeback ended the night. A kill and an ace from Shelby Stone got the Apaches off to a good start and after a tip kill from Sarah Ritter Wabash led 11-6. Kendra Binkley would then record a kill and an ace along with a kill from Corrie Osborne to cut the Wabash lead to 11-9. After a Wabash point the Squires would score four straight with Leah Sorg and Cierra Carter getting kills to take a 13-12 lead. Manchester would increase their lead to 17-14 when Wabash scored three straight aided by a Katie Ford ace to tie the game at 17. With Manchester leading 19-18 the Squires would get three kills from Binkley to score four straight and grab a 23-18 lead. Wabash would get the next two with a Taylor Whitaker ace, making it 23-20 before a Binkley ace ended the game 25-20 with the Squires winning 3-0.

For Manchester Kendra Binkley led in aces, 3, and in kills, 9.  Marret Metzger also added 2 aces and Kaitlyn Parrett rounded out serving with 1 ace.  Back row was run by libero, Marret Metzger, with 16 digs and our highest serve receive percentage. Ellie Milam and Kait Parrett each added 5 digs, Ali Casper and Rae Bedke helped with 4 digs, Binkley and Corrie Osborne slipped in 2, and Leah Sorg managed 1 dig. Following Binkleys attacks was Cierra Carter with 5 kills, Osborne with 4, Sorg with 3, Leiah Brandenburg added 2, and Madison Isbell, Bedke, and landed 1 kill in the court. Rae Bedke dished out 20 assists for the night.  On defense at the net, Carter held her own with 2 block solos. Isbell, Osborne, Sorg, and Binkley all helped by getting a block assist each.

For Wabash

Jaycee Parrett had 7 points and 12 assists
Kristin Cromer had 5 kills
Claire Cromer had 22 digs
Taylor Whitaker 10 digs and 4 points
Manchester won the junior varsity match 22-25, 25-20, and 15-9.
In the serving relm for Manchester, aces were provided by Paige Wagoner,4, Leiah Brandenburg, 4, Alyssa Spann, 2, Karly Eichenauer, 2, and Kendra Auler, 2.  Brandenburg led the JV squad with 3 kills, followed by Sydney Day and Kennedy  Rosen each with 2, and Auler scored 1 kill.  Wagoner led assists with 4 and Auler was close behind with 3.  In the back row, Spann cleaned up with 6 digs, Eichenauer had 5, Auler managed 2, while Wagoner, Brandenburg, Olivia Jones, and Mattie McKee grabbed 1 dig.  Rosen and Brandenburg each contributed a block assist at the net.
 For Wabash

Angela Levine 5 kills
Kaitlyn Hashbarger 6 kills
Breanne Sewell 8 points, 5 kills, 16 digs
Alexis Hartley 13 assists
Kaitlyn Dowdal 14 digs

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