The Manchester volleyball team built a 2-0 lead Monday over North Miami then had to hold off the Warriors for a 25-19, 25-14, 20-25, 15-25, 15-13 win.
Rae Bedke got the night started with an ace as the Lady Squires got off to a 6-1 start on kills form Corrie Osborne and Leah Sorg, but North Miami would claw their way back and were within two at 15-13 after a Cierra Carter kill. The Warriors would then go on a 4-0 run to grab a 17-15 when the Squires caught fire. With Leah Sorg serving the Squires would run off five straight with Sorg serving two aces to lead 20-17 before a North Miami point. At 21-19 The Squires would go to Osborne and get a game ending ace from Marret Metzger to win game one 25-19.
Game two would be all Squires as they went to Cierra Carter and Kendra Binkley to build a 7-4 lead when the Warriors made it 7-6. Manchester would continue to go to Binkley as they built their lead to 13-7. At 15-11 Manchester would take advantage of several North Miami break downs, plus get a kill from Madison Isbell and a block from Isbell and Carter to increase their lead to 21-11 on a 6-0 run. Ellie Milam had an ace during the run. The Lady Squires would go on to win game two 25-14 and had a commanding 2-0 lead.
Manchester would jump out to a 4-0 lead to start game three with kills coming from Carter and Osborne and led 6-3 when things started to change. North Miami would take advantage of four Squires errors in a 5-0 run to grab an 8-6 lead but the Squires again would get kills from Carter and Osborne to grab a 13-12 lead. At that stage of the game the wheels fell completely off the Squire train as North Miami would score 11 of the next 12 points that included a 9-0 run and led 23-14. Manchester wouldn’t give in though, scoring the next 6 points to close the gap to 23-20, but the Warriors had the answer and won game three 25-20.
It looked as though Manchester had regrouped after the game three loss. Tied at 2 the Squires would get an ace from Milam and kills from Isbell and Carter to score 6 straight and led 8-2. North Miami would then score 4 straight with Manchester answering with 3 straight for a 11-6 score when it happened again. North Miami would reel off 13 straight points, which only half were offensive to lead 19-11 and cruised to a 25-15 win to even the score at 2-2.
North Miami kept their momentum going to start game three, grabbing a 4-1 lead before the Squires started to close the gap. Kills from Sorg and Carter made it 4-3, but the Warriors maintained their lead until it was 12-10 to set up the exciting finish. The Squires would get points on a Warrior serve in the net and two hits out of bounds, plus a kill from Carter to grab a 14-12 lead before a Warrior kill made it 14-13. After a lengthy rally Corrie Osborne would hammer home the winner for a 15-13 score and a 3-2 night.
Rae Bedke and Leah Sorg each had 3 aces, followed by Marret Metzger and Kendra Binkley with 2 a piece, while Cierra Carter, Corrie Osborne, and Ellie Milam each had 1. Kills were led by Binkley with 12 kills, Carter helped with 9, Osborne with 7, Isbell had 4, Sorg had 2, and then both Bedke and Metzger ended with 1 kill. Bedke handed out 22 assists while Sorg slipped in 3 as well. Both Carter and Isbell contributed a solo block and they shared a block assist. Seniors Metzger and Parret led in digs with 16 & 15 respectively. Bedke got up 11 digs, Carter had 6, both Milam and Casper had 4 each, Osborne grabbed 3, Binkley picked up 2, and Sorg managed 1.
The junior varsity defeated North Miami 25-16, 25-12.
They were led in serving by Alyssa Spann with 16 aces and who had a serving at put the score in game two at 17-0. Paige Wagoner also added 5 aces, Karly Eichenauer and Leiah Brandenburg each had 2, and Sydney Day wrapped up with 1. Brandenburg led hitting with 4 kills followed by Day with 3. Wagoner and McKee tied with 2 kills each. Digs were led by Eichenauer with 8, Alicia Fields had 7, Kennedy Rosen and Madison Sorg each had 2, then the following all had a single dig for the night: Spann, Wagoner, Casper, and Brandenburg. McKee had the only block of the night. And Wagoner handed out 4 assists.