The Flandreau Fliers and Colman-Egan Hawks took to the gym last Tuesday night in a battle for Moody County supremacy in volleyball.
Flandreau was able to edge out the Hawks in four sets to take the match on their home court.
Both teams entered the match with losing records but neither of them showed much weakness during the match. The two teams battled it out close for all four sets.
C-E came out fast in the first game with a quick 8-3 lead that they were able to sustain throughout the entire match. The Hawks took game one 25-22 over the Fliers.
Game two started out on the other end of the spectrum with Flandreau jumping out to an early lead at 12-4. Colman-Egan fought their way back to a 9-12 deficit thanks to some precision serving by Lynnie Angle. The Hawks would eventually tie the game up at 16 all but the Fliers would take over after a quick timeout by Coach Andrea Gullickson. Flandreau took game two 25-20.
The third match started out with Colman-Egan trouncing the Fliers to an early 12-2 lead. The Fliers found something that worked and eventually tied the match at 15 all before surging forward to take match number three 25-21.
The last set was a nail-biter for both teams. The two teams exchanged points back and forth all the way to the end with nobody taking a lead by more than two points. C-E took a 21-19 lead but Flandreau stormed back to take a 23-22 lead. Colman-Egan rallied to score the next two points and come within just one point of taking the match at 24-23 but Flandreau eventually would go on to take the game 28-26 and the match.
Colman-Egan Coach Sarah Mersch was happy with how her team performed on Tuesday. “I thought we played real well overall. We just need to learn how to finish those close sets! I was proud of the fact that we had several girls who shined that night instead of just one or two.”
Gullickson was proud of her team as well. “We played to win those games and were focused on what we needed to do to get the wins. Colman-Egan did a good job of digging up our hits, but we stayed strong and our front row did a good job of finding the holes and attacking them.”
Mersch thought the atmosphere helped the team perform. “We enjoy playing Flandreau because the girls know a lot of their players and we are neighboring towns, so there is always a big crowd!”
Tori Nelson led C-E’s offense with nine kills while Hailey Harms added eight. Baylee Groos and Angle both contributed five kills with Burgin Groos adding four kills of her own.
Marisa Hare who had 19 kills paced Flandreau’s offense. Kendra Duncan led the defense with 43 digs.
Colman-Egan gets back at it this week with four matches starting Monday and playing Tuesday, Thursday and wrapping up with the DVC tournament on Saturday.
Flandreau takes the court just twice this week, Tuesday and Thursday.