Freeman opens MUDECAS with win over Irish
The Freeman volleyball team got off to a good start in the MUDECAS Volleyball Tournament Monday night.
Freeman, the third seed in the A Division, defeated sixth-seeded Sacred Heart in three sets 25-21, 25-27, 25-22.
With the win, the Lady Falcons advance to Tuesday’s semifinal where they will play BDS/HTRS at 8:15 p.m.
Freeman Coach Scott Anderson said he believes this was a good win for his team since he thinks the A Division of the MUDECAS bracket is pretty even across the board.
“Any team can win this and we got lined up with Sacred Heart and they are pretty battle tested,” Anderson said. “At times we played extremely well and there were times we kind of lost our heads a little bit, but we gutted it out, which is what we needed to do.”
In the first set Monday night, the two teams battled to a 4-4 tie when a kill by Josalynn Podtburg followed by an ace serve by Kayla Haynes gave Freeman a 6-4 lead.
With the score 8-6, Freeman would go on a 3-0 run to make it 11-6. Emma Alberts had two kills during that 3-0 run.
Sacred Heart ended the run, but six straight points by the Falcons made it 17-7. Alberts had an ace serve during that run while Ashley Oltman had a kill.
Freeman continued to lead 20-12 until Sacred Heart went on 6-0 run to get within one at 20-19. Freeman scored three straight points to make it 23-19 and Haynes had two ace serves during that run. The Lady FAlcons would go on to win 25-21 from there.
Freeman jumped out to a 7-3 run in the first set, but Sacred Heart came back to eventually tie it at 10-10.
Haynes scored three of the set’s next four points with kills and Macy Holland followed that up with an ace serve to make it 14-11.
Freeman got their biggest lead at 16-12, but Sacred Heart fought back to tie the set at 20-20.
Two kills by Haynes were both answered by the Irish to make it 22-22. The score was tied at 23, 24 and 25 before Sacred Heart scored two straight points to win the set 27-25 and even the match at 1-1.
Freeman exploded out of the gates in the third set and built a 15-2 lead. Sacred Heart slowly climbed back into the mat and was within two at 24-22, but a kill by Emma Alberts put the set away 25-22.
“Our serve/receive at times was kind of our weakness,” Anderson said. “If we can pass, it’s hard to stop us because of the hitters we have. Our blocking was good, but it’s a mark of a good team that Sacred Heart just kept battling back.”
Haynes led the way for Freeman with 14 kills while Alberts had five, Holland had four and Podtburg had three. Rachel Buehler had 22 assists while Brooklyn Ideus had 15 assists.
Parde and Alberts had two ace serves each while Caleigh Behrens had 12 digs and Alberts had four blocks.
“I thought Kayla (Haynes) played really well and she can set the tone really easy with the swings she gets,” Anderson said. “Our blocking was good from Emma Alberts and our passers did well eventually when we really needed them to step up”
HTRS falls to BDS
Seventh-seeded Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer fell to second-seeded Bruning-Davenport-Shickley Monday night in the first round of the MUDECAS Tournament.
HTRS fell in straight sets 25-20, 25-14. With the win, BDS advances to play Freeman in the semifinals Tuesday night at 8:15 p.m. HTRS will play against Sacred Heart at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday night.
HTRS got off to a hot start against BDS Monday night, building a 15-10 lead early and forcing a timeout.
They 16-11 before BDS started climbing back into it. HTRS led 19-16 when BDS would go on a 3-0 run to tie it at 19-19. The teams were tied at 20-20 when BDS rattled off five straight points to win 25-20.
In the second set, the game was tied 6-6 before BDS went on a 6-0 run to make it 12-6.
After an HTRS point, BDS scored three more straight to make it 15-7.
Two straight kills by HTRS’ Lauren Nanninga made it 15-9, but that would be as close as the Titans would get as BDS went on to win the set 25-14 and the match 2-0.
(3)Freeman over (6)Sacred Heart 25-21, 25-27, 25-22
(2)BDS over (7)HTRS 25-20, 25-14
(1)Johnson-Brock over (8)Palmyra 27-25, 18-25, 25-14
(5)Exeter-Milligan (4)Diller-Odell LATE
(3)Southern over (6)JCC 25-17, 25-16
(2)Sterling over (7)Lewiston 25-7, 25-9
(1)Meridian over (8)Parkview Christian 25-5, 25-5
(5)Pawnee City vs. (4)Tri County LATE