Vikings sweep Liberty Center in volleyball

By Joe Blystone - For the Expositor

Evergreen’s suddenly red-hot volleyball team chalked up their seventh straight win, this one a 25-9, 25-17, 25-10 romp over Liberty Center in an NWOAL contest Tuesday at home.

“I’m really proud of the girls,” said interim coach Sarah Roper. “They have rallied, they’ve played as a team. They haven’t let things bring them down, they have only let them bring them up.”

The Vikes broke away from a 5-5 first set tie with a 9-0 run.

Kori Kreuz’ shot from the middle initiated the salvo. Myra Kuszmaul’s right-side slam made it 9-5 before Kuszmaul and Kreuz combined for a pair of double stuffs at the net.

Kelsie Komisarek’s corner shot and a Kreuz tip finished the rally, making it 14-5.

Hannah Detmer’s shot put a Band-Aid on the bleeding for Liberty, but the Vikings came right back with Bailie Sutter’s dunk of an overpass, Jamie VanLoocke’s two-hand push and McKenna Babcock’s middle kill to finish the set.

LC used a number of Viking attacks that went out along with kills from Jerica Hollenbaugh and Sydney Altman to take an 8-6 second-set lead.

Again Evergreen had a big scoring rally, though this one was keyed by four straight Tiger errors before VanLoocke got a kill from the left side, Kuszmaul scored on a tip and Babcock rifled a laser beam down the middle to make it 13-8.

Aces from Hannah Herr and Babcock, along with Kreuz’ middle shot moved Evergreen up 20-11.

The Tigers rallied behind Detmer and Hayley Sheets to get it within 21-17 before Komisarek went cross court and Babcock laid a hammer kill from the middle to finish off the set.

The third set was much like the first as Babcock’s slam started the show.

Kreuz delivered six kills over the course of the set, VanLoocke had three, and Sutter two more.

Herr and Courtney Krieger each got into the act as both setters dropped second touch pushes into the unsuspecting Tiger defense.

With the tournament draw looming on Sunday, Roper explained that each win is important before that day.

“We’re going to try our best and keep pushing and see where we end up,” she said.

“The girls are doing great so we’re going to ride that momentum right now.”

By Joe Blystone

For the Expositor