Outside of a hiccup in set one, the second place Wauseon Indians bounced back for a 22-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-13 win on the road at Archbold in NWOAL volleyball Tuesday night.
This put their overall record at 17-5 with a 6-1 mark in league play. Archbold fell to 9-13 and 1-6.
“It took good clean volleyball,” said Wauseon coach Bill Blanchong on how his team got the win. “We had too many unforced errors. Actually, in all three of the first games we had too many errors.
“I told the girls, we just have to make sure that we really focus on our side out ball. And take care of the errors that we had in that first game.”
Archbold was able to feed off the momentum of their home crowd in the first game, fending off several comeback attempts from Wauseon.
The Indians snatched the lead, 16-15, on a Karli Penrod block, but a hitting error tied it back up. Lacie Henry followed with a kill from the left side and Macey Rupp added a block to put the Blue Streaks back in front.
The score was tied at 18 apiece thanks to Lexi Sauber’s shot from the left side and a Blue Streak error. It would be tied several more times down the stretch until Marli Cheney’s kill, an Indian miscue, and a Elee Kammeyer block busted the knot at 22 and sealed the 25-22 win for the Streaks.
“I feel like we controlled our chaos,” said Archbold mentor Jill Holdgreve. “I felt like we kept our tempo and our consistency the same. I told the girls that, this is a high-paced game and the energy and emotion that goes into it is just crazy. But, they have to know that they’ve got to stay even. Not get too hyped up, and make sure that we execute on what we know we need to do.”
Wauseon was trailing 1-0 in the match and in hostile territory, but they did not let it phase them in games two and three.
A pair of Sauber kills, Reagan Spadafore’s shot from the left side and an Archbold error gave the Indians a 22-17 advantage in game two. It was all the cushion they needed, turning it into a four-point win to tie the match 1-1.
Rupp’s shot down the middle gave the Streaks a 13-12 lead in the third set, a lead they would carry for most of the way.
“Macey is always our go to,” said Holdgreve. “She’s always been consistent about making sure that she is taking corner shots. Just being consistent and confident about what she’s doing on the floor.”
Another blast from Rupp put them ahead 20-18, however, the Indians took charge from there. They scored four straight on Penrod’s block, a fake set and push by Maddie Trejo that fell for a point, Maddy Martinez’ ace and an Archbold error.
Rupp and Sauber then traded a pair of kills each to put the Indians a point away, 24-22. Trejo again utilized her fake set and found a hole in the Blue Streak defense for a three-point Wauseon win.
“Maddie is an outstanding setter. She’s an outstanding player for us,” said Blanchong of the junior. “That (Trejo’s fake set) is also set up by our offense. When we’re in sync, when we’re in rhythm, we have a very good offense. So the defense is on their heels waiting for that big swing from our hitters.
“She just makes really good choices with the ball.”
On the serving of Trejo in the fourth set, which included four aces, and also some nice hitting, the Indians at one point scored 14 straight to go from being down 6-2, to then leading 16-6.
“We knew and we prepared for Penrod and for Sauber,” said Holdgreve of the Wauseon hitters. “We knew they were gonna be big swings and we really tried to focus in on that.
“There was times in those first three sets where we did well. We had two blockers up. And then the fourth set it just got away from us. You can’t single block good hitters like that.”
The Indians maintained that lead throughout for a 25-13 victory, ending the match.
On Monday, Wauseon swept Hilltop at home 25-19, 25-15, 25-12. Sauber led them with 16 kills and three blocks in that contest, Penrod notched six kills and two blocks on 14 of 14 hitting, while Jen Sanders finished with four kills.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010