New Rockford-Sheyenne beat Four Winds/Minnewauken 25-14, 25-9, 20-25, 25-18 in Class B, Region 4 volleyball action.
NEW ROCKFORD — In the Class B, Region 4 volleyball match between Four Winds/Minnewaukan and New Rockford-Sheyenne, both teams had moments when they overcame large deficits. The Indians just had too many to overcome as the Rockets took down Four Winds/Minnewaukan 3-1 Monday night.
“We tend to play down,” said Rockets head coach Katie Demester. “We play great high intensity volleyball when we play teams that also play with great high intensity so we’re just working on carrying that over to games that are a little slower and sloppier than we like.”
When the intensity was there, the Rockets (9-3) dominated the match. After the Indians took a 5-4 lead in the first set from a kill by Latasha Bellile, the Rockets took off, outscoring the Indians 19-8, including a 10-0 run that turned a 6-6 tie into a 25-14 set one win.
In the second set, the Indians (4-8) led 6-1 after consecutive points by Louelle Deng, who registered a kill and a block. But the Rockets responded, rallying back to tie the set at six and then exploded with an 11-0 run that pushed the advantage to 17-6. The Rockets won the second set 25-9.
Trailing 10-4 in the third set, the Indians inched their way back. After an ace by New Rockford-Sheyenne’s Ashley Schuster gave the Rockets a five point lead, the Indians outscored NR-S 14-4 to close out and win the set 25-20, forcing a fourth set.
Both teams made runs in the fourth set. After the Indians jumped out to a 3-0 lead, the Rockets came back, taking a 7-4 lead after a kill by Schuster. The Rockets’ advantage grew to eight but the Indians later pulled to within two at 18-16 but failed to clear the hurdle as NR-S won the set, 25-18, and ending the match.
“We worked harder and had a little bit more fun,” Megan Weisser, Four Winds/Minnewauken head coach said about the difference in her team after the first two sets. “That’s the difference when we play really well and when we don’t play so well.
“We’re still a young program and we need to do a better job of forgetting our mistakes and moving onto the next play.”
The loss ended a three-match winning streak for the Indians, who swept Midway-Minto this past Thursday night.
“Overall we played OK. New Rockford is a good team. I have to give them a lot of credit. They do a lot of things really, really well but tonight we showed that we can play with them too,” Weisser said.
Both the Indians and the Rockets will be back on the court tonight, as the Indians will host Dunseith and NR-S has a home tilt with Langdon Area-Elmore-Munich.
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