by Gary Andrews
The Wabash and Manchester volleyball teams played the first inter-county battle at Wabash Thursday with the Lady Apaches winning the battle 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-17.
With the two teams evenly matched, it was a battle the entire night. Manchester would take control early in game one, getting kills from Corrie Osborne and Kendra Binkley, plus an ace from Marrett Metzger to take an 8-5 lead. The Squires would keep the lead to 11-9 when Wabash made their move. Three kills from Lyndsie Thomas, plus a block ignited a 6-0 run to put Wabash up 15-11. The Lady Squires would answer with four straight to knot the score at 15, off a kill from Osborne and an ace from Leah Sorg. The Apaches would then take advantage of some Squire miscues to grab the lead back, holding on to a one point lead before scoring the final two points for the 25-22 win.
Wabash looked like they were going to run away with game two. The Apaches got off to a 5-2 lead with two Thomas kills and one from Taylor Cain. Leah Sorg would cut the lead to one with a kill and an ace before Wabash would go on a run. The Lady Apaches would reel off five straight to grab a 10-4 lead and later use a seven-point run to lead 22-12. Looking like the game was over, the Lady Squires caught fire. At 23-14 with Sorg serving, Manchester would score seven straight to close the gap to two points at 23-21. Sorg had three aces during the run, with Sydney Snep recording a kill. At 24-23 Sarah Ritter would stop the Squire run with a kill that ended game two 25-23 and Wabash led 2-0.
Up 2-0 the Apaches had all the momentum and carried it over to start game three. With Sarah Ritter serving, the Apaches would jump out to a 6-0 lead. Manchester would cut the lead in half, aided by an Osborne kill, but Wabash kept the pressure on and built the lead to 14-8. After an Apache error, Binkley and Sorg had kills as Manchester scored four straight to make it 14-12. The Lady Squires would go on to score seven of the next eight points to grab a 19-16 lead with Wabash eventually evening the score at 20. A Rae Bedke ace along with an Osborne kill gave Manchester the lead back at 23-20, eventually winning 25-22 on a Binkley kill.
With Manchester now having the momentum, they got off to a good start in game four, building a lead to 9-6. Lyndsie Thomas would record a kill for Wabash and with a Shelby Stone tip scored five of the next six points to grab a 14-11 lead. The margin would stay at one point until 14-13 when Wabash took over. Shai Parrett got things started with a kill from the back row, with Thomas getting two more and built the lead to 19-14. Thomas would continue to dominate at the net, getting two more kills, while Taylor Cain got a block for a point and Claire Cromer an ace to open things up to 23-17. Thomas and Ritter would record back-to-back kills to end the game and night 25-17.
For Wabash, Claire Cromer had 21 digs, 29 assists, Lyndsie Thomas 18 digs, 23 kills with 4 stuff blocks and 6 service points, Sarah Ritter 5 kills, Shai Parrett 15 digs, Kyleigh Hampton 9 service points and 5 kills.
For Manchester Leah Sorg went on a 10 serve service run in game two, rounding out her total 23 serves for the night with 5 aces. Other aces were added by Cali Spann, 3, Rae Bedke, 2, Marret Metzger, 2, and Sydney Snep, 1. Sorg also led the front row with 7 kills, followed by the middles; Kendra Binkley with 6 and Corrie Osborne with 5. Cierra Carter added in 4 kills during her time on the court. Metzger, Milam, and Isbell all had 1 kill. Assists were given by Bedke, 13, as well as Isbell, 1, and Spann, 1. The Squires’ blocking showed improvement with 3 block assists by Binkley and Isbell, 2 by Osborne, and 1 by Sorg and Bedke. Sorg and Osborne also had 1 solo block for the evening. In the back row, Metzger led with 13 digs and took the majority of the balls in serve receive, passing at a 2.4 on a 3.0 scale. Kaitlyn Parrett had 9 digs, Spann and Bedke at 8, Carter and Kiana Gillum with 5, Milam with 4, Osborne with 3, and then Isbell, Snep, and Binkley all with one dig a piece.