Warriors win a thriller

Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus  Senior Brynne Weinbender.
Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus
Senior Brynne Weinbender.

Craig Moorhead

The Caledonia Argus

On August 31, the Caledonia volleyball team defeated Plainview-Elgin-Millville 3-2 on the road, improving their record to 2-0.

“The girls showed a tremendous amount of grit in this match” Caledonia head coach Scott Koepke reported. “We learned a lot about ourselves, that we could come back when we were down.”

The Bulldogs took an 8-1 point lead in set one, but the visitors “clawed their way back” to win the opening frame 29-27, Koepke said.

Set two went to P-E-M (27-25) in another nail-biter. But the Warriors rebounded with a great third set, winning 25-14.

But the hosts weren’t done yet. Set four was tightly-contested, going to the Bulldogs 25-22. That brought on the tie-breaker, which Caledonia won 15-9.

“The girls finished strong with a great fifth set,” Koepke noted, “In the process of becoming the team we want to be, to be able to reach our goals, there were some good lessons that we got from this match.”

Those important early-season lessons included focusing hard even when things seem to be going well, Koepke stated. “We seem to lose a little bit of our energy and focus when we have leads and we again learned a great deal from that that will help us in the future.”

The Warriors tallied 12 receiving errors and 11 aces, “which by the percentages gives you about a 50% chance of coming out on top,” Koepke added. “We’re going to keep working hard on our passing, and our 17 serving errors will also be a focus. We are proud of the girls  – to go on the road and have a very competitive match against a strong conference opponent.”

Some individual stats: Madisyn Heaney and Katie Tornstrom totaled a dozen kills apiece. Isabel Allen had 9 kills and led the Warriors in ace serves, with 4 instant winners, while Heaney got 3, and Adrianna Reinhart 2. Lydia Lange powered home 9 kills and scored an ace. Rachel Welsh also aced a serve.

Reinhart provided 39 assists and 12 digs at setter. Heaney dug 17 times, while Katelyn Stemper and Allen added 11 each. Welsh totaled 6 digs, Lange 4, and Tornstrom 3. Blocks came from Tornstrom (2) and Lange (1).

“PEM is a very strong team and more than likely will go undefeated through the rest of the conference,” Koepke concluded. “They play many seniors and are very well coached. Congrats to them, very good match.”