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.