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Berkland Shines in E-Hawks’ Victory over Storm Lake

October 10, 2018
By Darren Fraser , Emmetsburg News

by Darren Fraser

Junior Abbie Berkland capitalized on her starting assignment in Emmetsburg's straight-set victory against Storm Lake Thursday.

Berkland was 10 for 12 in her service game. She dished out 23 assists and had nine digs as the E-Hawks stormed past the Tornadoes 25 15, 25-15 and 27-25.

In set one, Emmetsburg grabbed the early 5-2 lead. After briefly falling behind 7-6, the E-Hawks broke away. With the match at 15-10, Storm Lake called time out. The situation did not improve for the Tornadoes following the timeout. Molly Schany executed a textbook roof to put the Emmetsburg up 17-11. With the score 21-11, Storm Lake called another timeout, but to no avail. The E-Hawks cruised to a 25-15 win.

Storm Lake came out swinging in the second set. The Tornadoes took a 4-1 lead. Emmetsburg crawled back. With the score 5-3, the teams battled for the next point. This was some seriously fine volleyball, with both squads showcasing excellent returns of serve. The E-Hawks turned to their serving ace, Savannah Wolff, who pulled the team even. Emmetsburg rattled off the next five points. Following a signature Schany spike, Storm Lake called time out. Emmetsburg went up 14-6 on a Gretchen Hofstad spike. Schany served the E-Hawks ahead 15-6. The Tornadoes pulled within four at 19-15. Four was a close as the team would get. Emmetsburg stymied Storm Lake at 15, taking the set 25-15.

Set three proved to be worth the price of admission. The set featured fantastic digs on both sides of the net. With the score knotted at 10, Emmetsburg called on freshman serving sensation Raegan Swanson to deliver the goods. She did; the E-Hawks went up 13-10. But the Tornadoes kept coming. With the score 18-16 in Emmetsburg's favor, Storm Lake's tenacious play forced E-Hawks' coach Missy Birkey to expend a timeout. Emmetsburg took a 20-18 lead following another Schany spike. Storm Lake was resolute, tying the score at 21 and then going ahead 21-23 behind a stellar serving attack. Down 24-23, the E-Hawks dug deep and pushed the set to 25-25. Swanson stepped up again and served Emmetsburg to a 27-25 victory.

In addition to Berkland's all-around strong effort, the E-Hawks' benefitted, again, from Wolff's serving prowess. The junior turned in a 21-for-22 service game and had four aces.

Molly Schany instilled fear and trembling into the home crowd, delivering 13 kills on 40 attack attempts. Morgan Jamison added five kills, Abbie Schany dialed in four and Hofstad added three. The team's return game was exemplary with 39 digs.

The victory improved Emmetsburg's overall record to 12-12.



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