Four Winds/Minnewaukan volleyball comes back from 2-1 to defeat Harvey-Wells County 25-22, 15-25, 12-25, 25-15, 15-13.
MINNEWAUKAN — During the fourth set of its match against Harvey-Wells County, Four Winds/Minnewaukan’s head volleyball coach Megan Weisser shouted to the girls on the floor ‘nothing easy.’
After dropping consecutive sets, the Indians won the final two, including the deciding fifth set by two points, for a 3-1 comeback win over the Hornets Tuesday night from Carleson Court at Minnewaukan High School. The win sets up a potential program postseason first match Thursday against St. John.
Tuesday night, however, left Weisser a little speechless.
“Resiliency is a really good word for our team right now,” Weisser said after a seven second pause. “Coming off a long weekend and going through some ups and downs I told them after the third game that this is yours to win.
“And they showed a lot of fight and a lot of heart.”
The Indians (6-9) dropped the second and third sets after going up 1-0 (25-22) in the match. Harvey-Wells turned a 3-3 tie in the second set and exploded to a 9-point lead after going on a 10-3 run that turned a 10-8 Hornets advantage to a 20-11 Hornets lead. The Hornets would win the set 25-15.
A 6-0 run in the third set, capped off by an ace by McKenzie Erickson, gave Harvey-Wells an 18-7 lead. The Hornets cruised to the 25-12 win to go up 2-1 in the match.
With Harvey-Wells (11-5) leading the fourth set at 7-5, the Indians went on a 4-1 spurt that gave them the lead at 9-8 forcing a Hornet timeout. The Hornets would regain the advantage at 10-9 but with the score knotted at 10, the Indians would take over the lead for good at 12-11 after a Jasmine Lohnes kill. The Indians won the fourth set 25-15 to force a fifth set.
Louelle Deng opened the fifth set with a kill and the Indians opened a 4-0 lead before Harvey-Wells was able to score. Holding on to a 5-4 advantage, Latasha Bellile’s kill gave the Indians a two-point cushion. An ace by Marli Black made the score 9-6 but the Hornets got within one, 13-12, that caused Weisser to use a timeout. Bellile’s kill out of the timeout gave the Indians a 14-12 lead and they would end the match winning the set 15-13.
“They just fought. They dug deep within themselves and justfound a way to win,” Weisser said.
Continued Weisser, “(This win) says a lot about our girls. We have a lot of seniors who have stuck together this whole season and through our program and they wanted this so bad. Coming to get this win tonight is huge for our program, not only for this season but to build on.”
Myona Dauphinais had three kills, three blocks, eight digs and 17 assists, Bellile finished with 12 kills and 15 digs and Deng had eight kills, four blocks and three digs to lead the Indians who if they beat St. John’s Thursday, will host a Region 4 play-in match for the first time in program history.
The match against St. John will be held in Minnewaukan, following the junior varsity which is scheduled for 5 p.m.
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