Indians stun Evergreen in NWOAL volleyball

By Joe Blystone - For the Expositor

Too many and too much. Too many missed serves, too many net violations, too many back row errors, too many attacks out of bounds, and too much of Wauseon’s Lexi Sauber.

Put them all together and the formula added up to Wauseon’s first win over Evergreen in volleyball in many moons as the Indians posted a 25-21, 18-25, 12-25, 25-20, 15-6 triumph Thursday evening.

“I don’t know when the last time was (that) Wauseon beat Evergreen,” said Indian coach Bill Blanchong. “I honestly don’t know. But obviously it’s a really, really good win for our program. To beat a quality program like Evergreen is great. I told the girls it was going to be a battle and it was.”

The loss was also Evergreen’s first league loss since the 2013 season.

It was a number of Viking errors along with a Sauber solo block and two Carys Grime kills that staked the Indians to a 9-5 lead.

Evergreen closed to within a point at 14-13 when Alyssa Noe, playing her first match of the season after ACL surgery, scored twice as did Lindsay Carr, the last on a power slam from the left side.

However, a serve into the net, a net violation, a passing mistake and Maddie Martinez’ ace that the Viking back row didn’t get to boosted the lead to 20-14 where the Indians went on to win the first set.

Evergreen broke away from a 7-7 second set tie behind Noe’s shot off a blocker, Carr’s dunk and a left side laser to go up 11-8.

The Indians closed to within a point three different times, the last at 18-17 when yet another Viking serve hit the net.

However, Evergreen nailed the next six points that included a Kori Kreuz stuff of an overpass and two Carr kills to take the second set.

Kreuz had four more third set kills, Carr three and Noe added a pair of service aces as Evergreen rolled to a 13 point win but Sauber took over in the fourth game.

The 6’1” sophomore dominated at the net time and time again, including a series of solo blocks to break a 10-10 tie that put the Tribe up 13-10.

Evergreen got within 15-13 on a Megan Floyd kill but consecutive attacks that went out and a double hit on a pass doomed the Vikings and Sauber finished her eight-kill set with a bullet from the right side.

“We had to regroup after getting whooped in that third game,” explained Blanchong. “Blocking overall was key, we blocked very well in that set and offensively Lexi started to warm up and you can see what she can do.”

Sauber opened scoring in the fifth set and four net violations and hitting errors by the Vikings followed and Evergreen never really recovered.

Not only were four of the first five points from Viking mistakes, the last four of the set were as well, handing the Indians the match.

“We definitely didn’t make as many errors,” said Blanchong. “If you come out on top one of the big reasons is having less unforced errors.”

Both teams are now 1-1 in the NWOAL with the Indians traveling to pre-season favorite Patrick Henry on Tuesday and Evergreen hosting Swanton.

By Joe Blystone

For the Expositor

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