It was a typical inter county battle at Wabash Thursday night as the Wabash and Northfield volleyball teams went to battle. The Lady Apaches took the first two games before the Norse turned the table, winning the next three for a 21-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-9 win over Wabash.
In game one the Norse got off to a quick start with two kills from Tori Snyder and one from Cassidy Miller to lead 3-0 before Wabash went to work. Taking advantage of four straight Norse errors Wabash would score 10 of the next 12 points to grab a 12-6 lead. During the run Wabash got three aces from Katie Ford and a kill from Kristin Cromer. Northfield would cut the Wabash lead to 12-11 when the Apaches ran again. With two kills from Sarah Ritter and an ace from Taylor Whitaker the Apaches would score six straight for an 18-11 lead. At 20-15 Northfield would cut the lead to three with a kill and a block from Snyder, but the Apaches were up for the challenge, holding off the Norse for a 25-21 win.
Again it was Northfield with the good start in game two, grabbing a 4-1 lead before Wabash made a comeback. Wabash would tie the game at six with the two teams never separating by more than two points and Northfield leading the entire time. With Northfield up 20-18 Ford and Ritter would get back to back kills to tie the game, then take a 21-20 lead on a Norse error. Wabash would build a 23-21 lead and led 24-23 when Kristin Cromer hammered home the winner to win game two 25-23 and grab a 2-0 lead.
Arie Kennedy would get Northfield going in game three with a kill as Northfield grabbed a 4-1 lead, but back came Wabash with a kill from Ford and an ace from Jaycee Parrett to tie the score. Northfield would build their lead to four and with the score at 19-15 Snyder drilled a kill and an ace, followed by a Kennedy kill to go on and win game three 25-18.
Early in game four it looked as though the Apaches had regrouped and would run away from the Norse. Trailing 6-2 Wabash would get a kill from Sydni Mullett that ignited a 9-0 run to take an 11-6 lead. During the run Katie Ford had three aces with Kristin Cromer and Taylor Cain recording kills. Wabash was up 14-8 when the Norse started to peck away at the lead. After trading several points the Norse would score four of the next five to cut the Wabash lead to 19-15. At 20-16 Northfield would score three straight on a Snyder ace and a Kennedy kill to make it 20-19. After a serve out of bounds gave the Apaches a point, Northfield would score three straight again, this time from a Cassidy Miller kill and a Cherish Leming block to take a 22-21 lead. Tied at 22, Leming would get another kill, followed by a kill form Liz Howenstine and a tip from Miller to end game four 25-22 and set the stage for game five.
The first half of game five was the Cherish Leming show as she recorded four kills and had two blocks for points to give Northfield a 9-3 lead. The two teams would trade kills three times in a row to make it 12-6 when the Norse score two straight to lead 14-7. Not giving in, Wabash would score the next two before a kill out of bounds ended game three 15-9 for a Northfield 3-2 win.
Tori Snyder led the way in kills having 11. She also had 4 aces, 12 digs, 1 solo block, and 2 assisted blocks. Cherish Leming really stepped up for the team. Even when we were down 2-0 she came and got a couple of huge points. She had 8 kills, 3 solo blocks, 7 assets blocks, and 6 digs. Arie Kennedy had 9 kills, 26 digs, and 18 serve receptions. Cassidy Miller had 8 kills and 3 digs. Lauren Early had 23 digs and 12 digs. Holly Dyson had 6 kills, an assist, an ace, and a dig. Liz Howenstine had 38 assists, 2 kills,and 11 digs. Marlee Stefanatos had 16 digs and 12 serve receptions. Abigail Poole had 6 digs and 11 serve receptions. Paige Holley had 9 digs, 7 serve receptions, a kill and an ace.