What, at first, looked like a route, turned into a knock-down-drag-out fight before the Lady Tigers won a 3-2 match over cross-county rival Herreid/Selby Area at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers looked like they were in full control after winning the first two sets 25-22 and 25-15. But back came the Wolverines to win sets three and four 25-22 and 25-20.
That led to a fifth set that saw the Lady Tigers jump out to a 4-3 lead. The Wolverines battled back to tie the set and then take a 10-8 lead on two Rachel Fiedler aces and a Sophia Von Wald kill.
After a timeout by coach Rose Henderson, the Lady Tigers took the match over. They tied the set at 10-10 on two straight Channing Wientjes kills. After the Wolverines sent a shot long, Emily Wientjes served an ace and Landyn Henderson scored a kill to make it 13-10. At 14-10, the Wolverines scored two straight points, the second on a Rylee Rossow kill, but the ensuing serve went awry, and the Lady Tigers held on for the hard-fought win.
“It was a slugfest,” said Henderson. “The girls were a little different than on Saturday. They played a little tight. This rivalry has such a big atmosphere.”
In a match that went five sets and a total of 208 points were scored, the players for both put up some big statistical numbers.
The Lady Tigers had 42 kills and 11 aces. Megan Zahn led the offense with 16 kills. Channing Wientjes used 42 of 43 hitting to spark a 14-kill night. Landyn Henderson and Emma Keller combined for another 11 kills. Callie Weisbeck led setting with 23 assists, while Keller added 12. The two setters led the serving corps with four aces each. On the defensive side, Emily Wientjes stopped Wolverine attacks with 26 digs. Weisbeck and Regan Stoick had 15 digs each.
“Channing Wientjes had a wonderful night,” said Henderson. “Emily again had a great night.”
Fiedler led the Wolverines with 11 kills, three aces and 12 digs. Rossow matched her with 11 kills, while defending the net with 5 blocks. Kendra Gill led all setters with a match-leading 28 assists. Annaliese Goehring led the defense with 25 digs.
“Herreid/Selby Area played good defense and had good served,” said Henderson, “plus, Rachel Fiedler hit the ball really hard.”
Last year, the Lady Tigers lost a hard-fought 3-2 match to Chamberlain in their opener in Chamberlain. This year, the Cubs were on the Lady Tigers’ court and it wasn’t even a contest.
The Lady Tigers never trailed at any time in defeating Chamberlain 25-17, 25-10, 25-14 at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
“Amazing,” said Henderson. “The girls came out ready to play. They played fast on offense and had Chamberlain on their heels. We had great hitting and setting. The defense was wonderful, and we served well, too.”
The Lady Tigers established themselves right from the start by reeling off the first eight points of the day. Chamberlain found a rhythm for a while and kept set one close, even drawing within four points at 21-17, but the Lady Tigers took over scoring two straight points before Megan Zahn ended things with a kill and a block for the 25-17 win.
Set two featured the only tie of the afternoon, and that was at 1-1. The Lady Tigers answered with five straight points and never looked back. Leading 10-6, the Lady Tigers scored six straight points. They added another four-point run and led 24-10 when Landyn Henderson served an ace to put the Cubs away with a 25-10 win.
Set three resembled set one as the Lady Tigers opened with a 5-0 run. Chamberlain closed the gap to 9-6 only to have Mobridge-Pollock peel off six straight points to open a 15-6 lead. Chamberlain fought back again, getting the score to 17-13, before the Lady Tigers surged with seven straight points, highlighted by a pair of Channing Wientjes kills, the upped the ante to 24-13. After the Cubs got one point back, Henderson slammed one to the floor to put Chamberlain away.
Channing Wientjes led a balanced front line with nine kills. Zahn had eight and Henderson had six. Henderson and Emily Wientjes led a nine-ace serving day with two aces apiece. In their first game of double-duty setting, Callie Weisbeck had 14 assists and Emma Keller had 11. Emily Wientjes led the back-row defense with 17 digs.
“Communication was really good out there,” said Henderson. “The girls who came in played well. We played like a mature team out there.”
Mya Knippling and Caycee Quinn led Chamberlain with three kills each. Jayslee Peterson led all servers with three aces.
The Lady Tigers host an old rival in the Potter County Battlers on Thursday. The first game is set for 4 p.m. The seventh- and eighth-grade teams will play, followed by C, JV and varsity on a rolling schedule.
In a rivalry that dates back to Mobridge and Gettysburg during the 1991-92 season, the Lady Tigers and Battlers are meeting for the 66th time. The Lady Tigers are trying to stop a trend. The Battlers have won four straight and six of the last seven matches to take a 33-32 lead in the series. The Battlers beat the Lady Tigers 3-0 in Hoven and 2-0 at the CSDC last year
On Tuesday, the Lady Tigers take to the road for the first time, traveling to Eureka for a match with North Central.
This is just the second meeting between the Lady Tigers and the Thunder. Last season, the Lady Tigers beat the Eureka-Bowdle-Edmunds Central co-op 3-1 in Mobridge.
H/SA (1-1) 22 15 25 25 12
M-P (2-0) 25 25 22 20 15
Herreid/Selby Area: Serving 90-101, 7 aces (Rachel Fiedler 15-18-3, Kayla Gill 24-25-2, Kendell Sawinsky 19-20-2); Setting 103-108, 31 assists (Gill 86-89-28); Hitting 168-195, 37 kills (Fiedler 44-52-11, Rylee Rossow 39-45-11, Sawinsky 33-35-8, Sophia Von Wald 14-17-4); Blocks 6 (Rossow 5); Digs 126 (Annaliese Goehring 25, Gill 16, Sawinsky 13, Brenna Helm 13, Fiedler 12).
Mobridge-Pollock: Serving 100-110, 11 aces ( Emma Keller 17-19-4, Callie Weisbeck 21-23-4, Emily Wientjes 15-17-1, Haley Brockel 15-16-1, Regan Stoick 10-13-1); Setting 119-121, 35 assists (Weisbeck 65-67-23, Keller 54-54-12); Hitting 130-148, 42 kills (Megan Zahn 36-35-16, Channing Wientjes 42-43-14, Landyn Henderson 18-20-6, Keller 19-23-5); Blocks 5 (Henderson 2.5, Zahn 2); Digs 78 (E. Wientjes 26, Weisbeck 15, Stoick 15).
JV Match: Herreid/Selby Area 25-17, 25-23. C Match: Mobridge-Pollock 25-21, 14-25, 15-12.
Chamberlain (0-1) 17 10 14
Mobridge-Pollock (1-0) 25 25 25
Chamberlain: Serving 35-42, 8 aces (Jayslee Peterson 11-12-3, Emma Powers 7-7-1); Setting 42-48 (Powers 24-27, 2 assists, Kiera Eichstadt 18-21, 2 assists); Hitting 70-89 (Mya Knippling 3 kills, Caycee Guinn 3 kills); Blocks 2 (Guinn, Knippling); Digs 48 (Powers 10).
Mobridge-Pollock: Serving 64-70, 9 aces (Emily Wientjes 13-13-2, Landyn Henderson 13-14-2, Regan Stoick 6-8-2); Setting 79-80, 25 assists (Callie Weisbeck 34-35-14, Emma Keller 40-40-11); Hitting 72-82, 25 kills (Channing Wientjes 25-27-9, Megan Zahn 9-11-8, Henderson 19-20-6); Blocks 5 (Henderson 2.5, Keller 2); Digs 48 (E. Wientjes 17, Weisbeck 9, Stoick 6).
JV Match: Mobridge-Pollock 25-20, 25-13. C Match: Mobridge-Pollock 25-16, 25-19.