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A Tale of Two Teams and Five Sets

September 12, 2018
By Darren Fraser , Emmetsburg News

by Darren Fraser

The Lady E-Hawks took Newell-Fonda to five sets but lost in a road match that featured kills, roofs and unbelievable grit.

Sophomore Abbie Schany returned from appendix surgery to deliver an enviable performance. Schany recorded five kills and was 13 for 16 in her service game. Schany dialed in four aces and had 11 digs in Emmetsburg's losing effort.

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Sophomore Abbie Schany, crouching, played phenomenal volleyball in her first action since having appendix surgery. Schany delivered key serves and timely kills in the match. She also rattled off a team high four aces. --Darren Fraser photo

Schany's older cousin, Molly, as is her norm, was a monster at the net. Schany notched 22 kills, a few of which had the velocity to do bodily harm to an opponent.

Sophomore Macy McAllister continued the lesson she began last match by tallying 29 assists.

The Lady E-Hawks stayed close during set one. Emmetsburg tied the set at 15 but then dropped four points. The team pulled within one point at 20-19, but the Mustangs all-around play was too much. Newell-Fonda took the first set 25-20.

The second set was one Emmetsburg would just as soon forget. The Mustangs jumped out to a 4-1 lead. They ran the score to 7-1, forcing E-Hawks coach Missy Birkey to call timeout.

The set did not improve for Emmetsburg following the timeout. As relentless as was Schany the elder in her spikes, the Mustangs' defense was equally resilient. The trio of senior Olivia Larsen, young sister Ella Larsen, sophomore and junior Megan Morenz formed an impenetrable wall at the net, repeatedly turning back Schany's and Gretchen Hofstad's spikes. Eight points was the closest the E-Hawks got in the second, losing 25-6.

The third set was a set for the ages for Emmetsburg. The small contingent of faithful that traveled to watch the team saw something truly magical. The Mustangs jumped out to an 8-6 lead. But Molly Schany brought the E-Hawks even at nine with spikes, finesse shots and laser serving. After a Mustangs timeout, Emmetsburg kept its mojo, going up 16-13 then 20-15. The team was completely in sync and it was a joy to watch. McAllister delivered an opportune roof and Emmetsburg never looked back, taking the set 25-20.

Set four was the reason volleyball was created. Back and forth, blocks, spikes, serves, digs and dives both squads played with abandon. Late in the set, Emmetsburg was down 20-19. Schany the elder landed two aces and the team notched another point to go up 22-21. The E-Hawks clinched the set on a Schany ace.

The fifth set began as the third. The Mustangs jumped out to a quick 5-1 leading, forcing Emmetsburg to take a timeout. Coach Birkey called another timeout with the score 11-4. Behind a key spike by Schany the younger, the E-Hawks pulled within five at 13-8. Newell-Fonda's offense proved too formidable and the Mustangs took the set 15-8 and the match, three sets to two.

The Lady E-Hawks demonstrated mettle and grit in this loss loss being just a word.

On the other side of the net, Morenz was a morenzster. The junior recorded 12 kills and possesses a vertical leap Michael Jordan would envy. The Larsen sisters should open an excavation business, Sophomore Ella had 20 digs and her older sister had 17.



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