McIntosh upsets Timber Lake in District 15B championship

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By Jay Davis

The District 15B champion McIntosh Tigers are: (back from left) student manager Sierra Nix, Tia Baumberger, Kaylee Bertolotto, Shayna Mosbrucker, Jordan Baumeister, Jaycee Goehring, Hailey Katus, Paige Clark, assistant coach Tiann Schell and student manager Jade County; (middle from left) Kennedy Walking Elk and Jessica Nehl; (front from left) head coach Marie Nehl, Lauren Baumberger, BrynnDyn Walking Elk, Emilee Fergel, Breanna Fergel and Mikayla Katus. Not pictured in student manager Alexis Counce. - Photo by Pat Hoff -

The District 15B champion McIntosh Tigers are: (back from left) student manager Sierra Nix, Tia Baumberger, Kaylee Bertolotto, Shayna Mosbrucker, Jordan Baumeister, Jaycee Goehring, Hailey Katus, Paige Clark, assistant coach Tiann Schell and student manager Jade County; (middle from left) Kennedy Walking Elk and Jessica Nehl; (front from left) head coach Marie Nehl, Lauren Baumberger, BrynnDyn Walking Elk, Emilee Fergel, Breanna Fergel and Mikayla Katus. Not pictured in student manager Alexis Counce.
- Photo by Pat Hoff -

McIntosh used home court advantage to shock top seed Timber Lake 3-2 and win the District 15B championship in McIntosh on Thursday.
After battling back and forth and trading wins for four sets, 15 points was not enough to decide the district winner. Set five was tied at 15-15 and 16-16 before the Tigers strung together two straight points to pull off the upset.
McIntosh started the night with an overtime win, taking set one 27-25. Timber Lake dominated set two with a 25-11 win. McIntosh fought back to win set three 25-21 before Timber Lake forced a fifth set with a 25-19 win.
Tia Baumberger was all over the court to lead McIntosh. Baumberger was 43 of 51 hitting with 16 kills, 46 of 51 setting with 15 assists and 19 of 19 serving with three aces. Shayna Mosbrucker added 11 kills and led the defense with a match-high 35 digs. BrynnDyn Walking Elk added 28 digs. Jessica Nehl led setting, going 86 of 87 with 16 assists.
Courtney Dahlgren led Timber Lake with a match-leading 17 kills on 54 of 59 hitting. Kailee Webb had 12 kills and Jordan Bickel had 11. Skya Ducheneaux was perfect on 108 sets with 15 assists and led all servers with six aces. Three defenders had double-digit digs with Webb recording 23, Kyra Holzer 18 and Dahlgren 15.
Timber Lake ends the season at 22-8.
The 9-18 Tigers, district champions for the first time since 2009, advance to take on Harding County in the Region 8B championship game.

McIntosh (9-18) 27 11 25 19 18
Timber Lake (22-8) 25 25 21 25 16
McIntosh: Serving 91-95, 5 aces (Tia Baumberger 19-19-3, Kaylee Bertolotto 9-10-2, Shayna Mosbrucker 21-22); Setting 162-172, 33 assists (Jessica Nehl 86-87-16, Baumberger 46-51-15); Hitting 129-155, 40 kills (Baumberger 43-51-16, Mosbrucker 25-29-11); Blocks 4 (Jordan Baumeister 2); Digs 122 (Mosbrucker 35, BrynnDyn Walking Elk 28).
Timber Lake: Serving 104-113, 21 aces (Skya Ducheneaux 27-29-6, Kailee Webb 20-20-3, Jordan Bickel 21-22-2); Setting 180-181, 24 assists (Ducheneaux 108-108-15, Kyra Holzer 67-67-8); Hitting 161-186, 48 kills (Courtney Dahlgren 54-59-17, Webb 35-38-12, Bickel 25-35-11, Hayley Leibel 27-31-4); Blocks 4 (Bickel 3); Digs 90 (Webb 23, Holzer 18, Dahlgren 15).

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