The Northfield volleyball team played host to state ranked Rochester Thursday, falling to the Zebras 15-25, 14-25, 15-25.
The lady Norse jumped out to a 6-2 lead in game one behind a kill and an ace from Jordan Bratch before the Zebras reeled off 10 straight points to grab a 12-6 lead. The pesky Norse would claw their way back, getting kill from Haylie Faust to score 4 straight to make it 12-10. The Norse would get a kill from Ally Keaffaber and a tip from Ava Smith to stay with the Zebras until 15-21 when the visitors scored 3 straight to take the game.
Rochester would start to flex their muscle in game two, building the early lead to 11-5. Northfield had kills from Kiana Kendall, Bratch and Keaffaber. The Norse could not get any closer as they fell in game two 14-25.
Northfield found a second wind early in game three, getting kills from Keaffaber and Kendall along with two aces from Kendall to lead 9-7 before the Zebras scored 8 of the next 11 points to go up 15-12. At 15-14 after a Kendall kill, Rochester would take control, out scoring Northfield 10-1 down the stretch for the 15-25 final.
Kelcie Thomson – 1 point, 18 Serve receptions, 1 assist and 6 digs
Allyson Keaffaber – 2 points, 3 kills, 2 serve receptions, 1 block and 1 dig
Elizabeth Haupert – 1 kill
Ava Smith – 1 point, 1 ace, 3 kills, 18 assist and 4 digs
Kiana Kendall – 6 points, 4 kills, 6 serve receptions, and 10 digs
Haylie Faust – 1 point, 4 kills, 5 serve receptions, and 7 digs
Jordan Bratch – 5 points, 9 kills,16 Serve receptions, and 6 digs
In the Junior Varsity action the Lady Norse were victorious in two 25-17 and 25-19.