|Ada spikers claw Wildcats|
|Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:00 AM|
By Cort Reynolds
Ada Herald writer
ADA - The Ada volleyball team rebounded from a sluggish start to down scrappy Jefferson over four sets Tuesday night in a Northwest Conference home match, 27-25, 25-20, 20-25, 25-23.
Their third straight win upped the Lady Bulldog record to 9-3 overall and 2-1 in NWC play.
“Overall, I am pleased with how the girls stayed with it and remained positive,” first-year Ada coach Joanna Snyder said. “The girls kept working hard and made the hustle plays.”
It looked like Jefferson might force a fifth and decisive set when they rallied to grab a 23-21 lead late in set four. Ada junior Lindsay Walden came up with a big kill that skimmed the net but the officials originally ruled the point for the Wildcats. After a short conference, they reversed the call for Ada, making it 23-22 instead of set point. Delphos then hit long after a rally to tie it and seemed to lose their poise a bit. Sophomore Carlee Marshall then smacked a clean kill to the open corner to advance Ada to match point. The lanky Marshall then clinched it with another kill when her hit ricocheted off a Wildcat and the back wall on the fly.
Marshall knocked down a career-high 19 kills and added four blocks to pace the balanced Bulldog attack.
“I was really impressed with how she played,
Carlee did a really good job,” noted Snyder.
The Bulldogs had played at Hardin Northern the night before and seemed a bit tired at the outset. Upset-minded Delphos pulled ahead 18-13 before Ada turned up its intensity. Tori Wyss hit a cross-court kill and four Wildcat errors inched Ada within 20-19. A one-handed punch to the open corner by Wyss, a Wildcat error and a Rachel Wildman putaway tip put the hosts in front 22-21. Big hits by Walden and Alexis Amburgey advanced the Bulldogs to a pair of set points but spunky DJ tied it each time. Yet an error by the visitors and a kill by Wyss that was tipped out of bounds gave Ada the first set.
The Bulldogs rode the momentum into set two as they ran out to a 9-6 lead. The Red and White rallied to tie it briefly but Ada pulled ahead on two hits by Walden and one apiece from Amburgey and Wildman. An Amburgey block, a block kill by Marshall and two Wyss winners made it 21-17. Jefferson closed within 22-20 after two aces by senior Lindsay Deuel (12-of-14 serving with 4 aces). Yet three visitor errors closed the set in favor of Ada.
Set three was close early but the feisty Wildcats edged in front 9-7. They extended the margin to 15-9 and later were up 20-14 after winning a
long rally. Two big smashes by Walden cut it to 21-17, followed by an Ada error. Wyss hit a fine lunging winner off a ceiling ricochet and Walden fired an ace to bring the hosts within 22-19, prompting a timeout by Jefferson coach Joy DeVelvis. A clean kill by Marshall capped a long rally to make it 22-20 but then the guests ran off the last three points to win set three.
The Bulldogs fell behind 8-3 in the fourth set but reeled off eight straight points behind the serving of lone senior Hannah Price to take an
11-8 lead. The lead then see-sawed back and forth until Ada got the last run in to pull off a late rally and seal the victory.
Also pacing the Wildcats (3-6, 0-3 NWC) were junior Brooke Culp (10-of-10 serving with 2 aces; 18 assists) and senior Katie Goergens (9 kills).
Wyss knocked down eight kills and made 22 digs, Walden a dozen kills, Amburgey eight kills, five digs and three blocks. Sutton passed out 39 assists, Megan Simon hustled up 15 digs and Wildman added six kills.
The Bulldog reserves rallied to beat Jefferson 2-1 to also improve to 9-3.
Ada hosts traditional backyard rival Allen East Thursday on Volley for the Cure night, where both teams will wear pink T-shirts to promote breast cancer research.