Wynot goes the distance and then some in D2 consolation loss
LINCOLN — It may have been a consolation match after three long days of volleyball and the disappointment of a semifinals loss, but Wynot and Mullen competed Saturday as if they didn’t know they weren’t playing for gold.
The teams battled through a five-set match and six separate match points before the Broncos came away with the third-place hardware after a 27-25, 17-25, 25-17, 23-25 and 19-17 victory over the Blue Devils at Lincoln Northeast High School.
“I told the girls before we came out here today that I knew we were disappointed about yesterday, but we had a lot to play for,” Wynot coach Tammy Wieseler said. “We had a school here, a community that has supported us and ourselves — and we wanted to finish the season the right way.”
That they did in regard to the way the match was played, even if the outcome didn’t turn out they way they wanted.
The teams foreshadowed the match in the opening set as the Broncos held on for a 27-25 win by scoring the last three points.
A block by Wynot’s Edyn Sudbeck and Shaelee Planer made the score 25-24 before a couple of winners and an ace serve gave the set to Mullen.
Sudbeck finished with a monster game as the sophomore recorded a triple-double with 13 kills, 15 set-assists and 16 digs.
“We didn’t seem to be able to make a run today of three, four or five points,” Wieseler said. “A lot of that had to do with Mullen; they stayed right in there the entire match.”
The Blue Devils responded in set two, bolting out to an early lead and keeping the Broncos on their heels on the way to the 25-17 win.
Wynot scored the final three points in that set with a couple of Mullen errors sandwiched around an ace serve by Sudbeck.
Mullen won the third 25-17 before the teams went back and forth in set four.
The fourth was tied 21-21 and then 22-22 before the Blue Devils got a foothold with a mistake by the Broncos. That was followed by a scramble winner by Emersyn Sudbeck and a block by the Wynot defense.
“The last two sets we really did a good job of getting to the net to stop their attack,” Wieseler said. “We did everything within our power and just fell a little short here today.”
Mullen got to a match-point in set five after an overpass-kill made it 14-13, but a hitting error evened the score at 15.
Mullen jumped ahead with a kill, but a kill by Planer and a block by Kaitlyn and Karley Heimes put the Blue Devils at match-point, 17-16.
But the Broncos scored the final three points on a block, ace serve and a kill to take the third-place trophy back to the Sandhills.
“We didn’t play our best volleyball here today,” Wieseler said. “But we certainly showed a lot of heart and pride by competing through five sets — nothing to hang our heads about.”
Mullen defeats Wynot 27-25, 17-25, 25-17, 23-25 and 19-17.
WYNOT (24-6): Kaitlyn Heimes 2k, 2b, 5d; Noelle Wieseler 24d; Emersyn Sudbeck 4k, 1a, 19s, 10d; Karley Heimes 10k, 2b, 8d; Edyn Sudbeck 13k, 1b, 1a, 15s, 16d; Shaelee Planer 5k, 4b, 1s, 7d; Katelyn Heine 2k, 2b, 2a, 26d; Michaela Lange 10d; Whitney Hochstein 11k, 5b, 4d.
MULLEN: (29-4): Alysen Daniels 19k, 3b, 7d; Jadyn Chasek 1s; Kylie Licking 2s; Kaitlyn Crowe 5k, 5a, 1s, 13d; Kristina Miller 1d; Samantha Moore 13k, 2a, 1s, 4d; Brooke McCully 1k, 2b, 1d; Haley Jones 39s, 12d; Madison Jones 9d; Courtney Rice 14k, 4b, 5a, 1s, 4d.