Four Winds/Minnewaukan gets the 25-17, 25-17, 14-25, 25-14 Region 4 volleyball win over St. John.
MINNEWAUKAN — Winning doesn’t always have to be pretty — Four Winds/Minnewaukan can assure you of that.
The Indians defeated St. John Thursday night in four sets, all of which wouldn’t have qualified as being beautiful.
“When you have a big win like we had on Tuesday, sometimes it’s difficulty to come back and play but I thought we did a fairly good job of it tonight. Although it got ugly for a little while there,” said Indians head coach Megan Weisser.
“The girls are tired but they battled through it and got the ‘W’ and for this time of year, that’s all that matters.”
On Tuesday night, the Indians defeated Harvey-Wells County to assure them a spot in the Region 4 volleyball tournament play-in match. Thursday’s win guarantees them one final home match as Four Winds/Minnewaukan will host that play-in next week.
“We talked about that a little bit,” Weisser said about the importance of Thursday’s contest. “I never wanted to dwell on it to put any added pressure on the girls but it is something that we talked about, something that we realized and something that is huge for our program. This should put us as the seventh seed in the region and we’ll be home next week.
“That’s what’s important.”
The Indians (7-9), who have won six of the last seven, won the first set after reeling off an 8-0 run that broke open a 12-all score. They outscored St. John 13-5 to end the set and winning 25-17.
The Indians used another huge run in the second set. After a service error by Louelle Deng made the score 7-4 Four Winds/Minnewaukan, the Indians went on an 8-0 run that pushed their advantage to 11. The Indians held a 20-9 lead before the Woodchucks (5-12) managed to shrink to seven. Four Winds/Minnewaukan won the set 25-17.
St. John rallied in the third set, transforming a 0-3 deficit into a 7-6 lead after consecutive Kendra Prouty aces. An ace by Marli Black gave the Indians the lead again but St. John’s 4-0 spurt was enough of a cushion that led to the Woodchucks’ 25-14 set No. 3 victory.
The Indians’ 9-0 run in the fourth set turned a two-point margin into a 11 point lead and a 25-14 match ending win.
“We talk a lot in practice about staying mentally focus and mentally ready to play and lot of that is in our effort and energy. The more effort we put forth, the more energy we bring, the more we communicate the better we do,” Weisser said.
Latasha Bellile had 14 kills and 20 digs, Deng had 14 kills, three blocks and five digs and Myona Dauphinais had four kills, six digs and 23 assists to lead the Indians, who will find out their play-in opponent Tuesday.
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