After being swept by Tinora in last season’s Division III district tournament, Evergreen exacted a little revenge by pounding the Rams, 25-17, 25-12 and 25-12 Thursday night at Evergreen.
“We played well enough tonight,” said Viking veteran coach Kelsey Wulf. “We weren’t exceptional by any means but we got the sweep.”
The only set Tinora was in real contact with the Vikings was the first as Alison Zipfel and Delaney Monnin combined for three kills to give Tinora a 6-5 lead.
After missed serves by both teams and a couple net violations knotted the score at eight, the Vikings’ Eden Eisel went with a fake right hand and then dropped a pair of two-hand push shots into no-man’s land to give Evergreen a 10-8 lead.
Jenna VonDeylen and Kaitlyn Pscodna answered with points for Tinora before a pair of Ram attacks went out to allow Evergreen to regain a two point lead.
From that point the Vikings began to extend as Kori Kreuz got a shot off a Ram block to drop, then Haili Mossing scored on a tip over the Ram front line and a thunderous slam through the heart of the Tinora defense that bumped the lead to 18-13.
Kaela Fauble scored out of the middle and near the backline to keep that advantage at five, 21-16, before a Viking spike went out to give the ball back to Tinora.
However, Eisel used her left to redirect a tip, Alyssa Noe scored an ace, Eisel had a left handed dunk at the net and Kreuz scored down the sideline to end the set.
In the second set, Mossing nailed four more kills early, Eisel went off a block and nailed a serving ace, Noe went high to score a block kill and Lauren Overfield nailed an ace to run the Vikings out to an 11-4 lead and they were never challenged.
Eisel used her athletic assortment of weapons to score another dunk with the left, a fake right swing and left punch for another point, and finally a hammer shot down the right sideline for three more points, Rachael Noe ripped an ace as did Overfield, and finally Mossing ended the set with a bullet down the left side.
The third set was a replay of the second as two more Eisel kills, one from Megan Floyd, a Kreuz block and a Mossing baseline shot gave Evergreen an 11-5 lead.
Tinora kept in contact somewhat as Monnin and Zipfel had back-to-back kills to make it 16-11 before Evergreen rang up the next seven points that included a couple kills from Fauble, another ace from Overfield and Mossing’s tip to make it 23-11.
After a Tinora serve went into the net, Mossing ended the match with a tip from the left side.
“After the five matches we had to start the season, I’ll take 4-1 right now,” said Wulf.
The Vikings now have a week off before returning to play against Fairview at home Sept. 10.
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