Ponca comeback drops Blue Devils
PONCA – After Wynot won the opening set of a best-of-three match with Ponca in a triangular, the Indians came storming back to take the match and improve to 12-5 on the season.
The Blue Devils won the opening set 25-20, but Ponca blitzed Wynot 25-10 in the second set and then came back to win the third 25-22.
“I was so glad to see us respond after the first set,” first-year Ponca coach Paige Green said. “We had a player go down before tonight, so we are learning to play with this rotation – and I was happy the way we responded tonight.”
The third set was tied 21-21 after Wynot had basically led by a couple of points throughout the final run to 25.
“We’ve only played six matches,” long-time Blue Devil coach Tammy Wieseler said. “It’s not an excuse – they beat us – but we’re a little young and we’re getting into the meat of a schedule that will make us better.”
Ponca’s Kaci Day rifled an ace serve to put the Indians up 22-21 before Wynot’s Whitney Hochstein hit a winner through a double block from Ponca,
Ponca’s Josie Reid took it from there.
Reid smashed a kill through the middle of the Blue Devil defense, causing Wieseler to call a timeout.
Out of the timeout, Reid had a block at the net to make it 24-22 then clubbed another winner down the left sideline of the court to take the match.
“We’re just trying to build each game,” Green said. “We need to get back in sync with our rotations and in our sets with different people in different places.”
Wynot won the opening set with a scrappy defense and some timely hitting from Grace Driver, Dharian Ahrens and Hochstein.
“We really started well, but any momentum we killed in the second set,” Wieseler said. “We need to work on that – getting better as the match moves on. We seem to take time off during a set and you just can’t do that – you need to play every second of every point.”
The Indians came out in the second set and took control of the set from the onset and carried the advantage to win the match.
“Wynot was so active in the first set, we needed to match their intensity,” Green said. “We did and it made me so happy about and for these girls I’m coaching.”
Karley Heimes led the Blue Devils on the night with seven kills in the Ponca match. Hochstein and Shaelee Planer each added six.
Josie Reid led the Indians with 14 kills while Morgan Nelson tipped up 18 assists.
Dana Kratke had seven digs.
In the first two matches, the Indians and Blue Devils each swept Emerson-Hubbard in two sets in the best-of-three-set matches
Ponca defeats Wynot 20-25, 25-10 and 25-22.
WYNOT(5-2): Edyn Sudbeck 3k, 2a, 1b, 15s, 10d; Emersyn Sudbeck 10s, 5d; Shaelee Planer 6k, 2b, 8d; Katelyn Heine 2k, 1b, 4d; Michaela Lange 2a, 3d; Karley Heimes 7k, 8d; Whitney Hochstein 6k, 2b, 4d; Noelle Wieseler 1k, 12d.
PONCA (12-5): Josie Reid 14k; Alyssa Crosgrove 6k, 1d; Grace Salmen 7k, 2d; Bree Gill 2k; Kaci Day 8k, 1a, 5d; Dana Kratke 1k, 13s, 7d; Brooklyn Bacon 2d; Morgan Nelson 18s, 3d; Kortney Fethkenher 4d.