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One to Grow On

October 31, 2018
Emmetsburg News

by Darren Fraser

The E-Hawks traveled to Hull last Thursday where they squared off against Western Christian in Class 2A Region 1 third round play and lost in straight sets, 25-11, 25-9 and 25-11.

Perhaps this was not surprising. The Wolfpack is 38-5 this season. Over 105 sets, the team racked up 1205 kills on 3388 attack attempts. Add an average of 11.48 kills per set, a serving efficiency percentage of 9.23-2106 out of 2282--, 259 aces and an average of 2.47 aces per set and the result is a team worthy of the state champion pennants and trophies that adorn the gym and school.

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The E-Hawks lost to the Wolfpack last Thursday. Emmetsburg committed too many unforced errors to win, but the team played tenacious defense all match and never lost its composure. Next season, do not be surprised to see the team advance beyond the third round in the post season.
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By the third set, Emmetsburg looked dispirited. True, the team committed an unusually high number of errors-double hits being the plague du jour. Setting star Macy McAllister and spiking sensation Molly Schany had an off match. The team looked out of sorts and out of position on numerous points. In short-and in total--, Emmetsburg did not bring it's A game.

Lest anyone think this was a rout or the team caved--the team's play in the first set was on par with its best play all season. The Wolfpack had 37 kills on 85 attack attempts for the match. Macay Van't Hul led the assault with 10 kills, followed by Tori Wynja and Sienna Moss with eight and Chandler Schemper with six. Emmetsburg had its hands full on each end of the net.

In set one, the E-Hawks rose to the occasion. Western Christian jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Raegan Swanson put Emmetsburg on the board. After a block, Swanson scored the squad's first point with a roof. Unfortunately, the Wolfpack played nearly error-free ball. Down 13-7, Coach Birkey took a timeout. She needed to steady her players who were committing too many mental mistakes. When play resumed, Emmetsburg resumed its tenacious play, as did Western Christian. The Wolfpack were a machine, delivering pinpoint sets and screaming spikes. Credit the E-Hawks for standing tough but their best was not enough. Western Christian doubled the score at 20-10 and cruised to a 25-11 win.

In the second set, Emmetsburg continued to succumb to double hits. The team looked disorganized and out of position. With the team down quickly, Birkey called timeout. The highlight of the set came at 17-7. Despite being down 10, the E-Hawks forced Western Christian to deliver its best to take the point. The set was never in doubt; the Wolfpack won 25-9.

Set three featured E-heart. Down 6-4, Schany younger ignited momentum with a timely spike. With the score 9-7, the defense executed a perfect block to make the score 9-8. Schany again came through, tying the score at 9-9 with a sweet dink. Sadly, the moment passed as quickly as it came. Western Christian regained its form and composure and quickly jumped out 15-10 by capitalizing on Emmetsburg's successive double hits. Schany kept the set interesting, delivering a picture-perfect dig at 21-11. But three mishits in a row doomed the squad. The Wolfpack took the set, 25-11 and the match.

The E-Hawks delivered on 32 of 33 serves. The defense stepped up with 34 digs. Assists were unusually low as were kills and attack attempts.

This was not the team's finest hour, but was by no means a performance warranting hung heads.



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