The Indians surprise Dakota Prairie with the 25-14, 19-25, 25-15 and 25-15 volleyball win.
MCVILLE — It was an upset last night, Tuesday, in McVille. The Four Winds-Minnewaukan Indians took down the Dakota Prairie Knights 3-1. The Indians came into the game 2-7 overall, and 1-4 in Region 4.
The Knights held a 3-6 overall record, and were 2-1 in Region 4.
The teams were pretty evenly matched on the court, especially with good height at the net. The front court of the Indians were able to find more open spots on the hardwood during the match.
The Indians came out strong in the first game, going up 6-2, before Knights middle hitter Courtney Stein put a tip out of reach on the Indians side of the net. The Knights couldn’t hold a serve, and called for time down 10-6.
The Knights rallied from the timeout, eventually making it a 13-10 game, Indians, but the Indians defense held, and so did their serves, and coasted to a 25-14 win.
Carly Lippert started game two with an ace for the Knights, and after that the two teams traded serves, staying tied, going back and forth with good, long volleys kept alive by digs on both sides of the net. Finally at eighteen each, the Knights kept the serve, forcing the Indians into a timeout at 21-18.
The Indians broke serve but the Knights took the ball right back, and held it to win 25-19.
The Indians came out with a strong run on a good service from Journey Dauphinais, an outside hitter. They went up 8-0. The Knights came back to make it an 11-6 game, but again weren’t able to hold a serve.
A kill from Knight Shaye Frederick stopped a 6-4 run from the Indians, but two points later the Knights were forced to take a timeout with the score 19-10. A kill from middle hitter Myona Dauphinais gave the Indians the game, 25-15.
The fourth game stayed deadlocked to eleven when the Indians put together a string of serves and good play by their front line. The Knights broke the serve, but gave it right back. A kill from Latasha Bellile, outside hitter, and then an ace from Louelle Deng, middle hitter, gave the Indians the cushion for the rest of the game. The Indians won the fourth game 25-15.
The Indians got better play from their back court than the Knights, but both teams played well at the net. There were many great volleys, and digs made on hard and soft shots, on shots off the net, to keep the ball alive. In the end, the Indians were able to move the Knight defense around enough to find the holes they needed on the floor.