Ewing can’t quite pull out title match win
LINCOLN — The Ewing Lady Tigers survived five match points — but not a sixth — as Bruning-Davenport/Shickley won a heart-stopping Class D2 state championship match Saturday morning 21-25, 26-24, 25-12, 18-25, 18-16.
Ewing looked strong at the outset of the match, but when BDS won the next two sets, it proved to be a hint of things to come.
Ewing took the early lead in the first set at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Tiana Thramer recorded five kills and a service ace to lead 13-8.
But the Tigers led only 18-17 when Ashley Koenig reeled off three kills to give the Tigers some breathing room at 22-17.
They needed it as BDS went on a three-point run of its own fueled by a pair of Jadyn Kleinschmidt kills to narrow the Tiger lead to 22-20.
But Koenig went back to work with a kill to make it 23-20. A BDS net violation gave the Tigers a set point. A service error made the score 24-21 and then Koenig smashed the ball from the right side to end set one and give Ewing a 1-0 advantage.
BDS roared back, scoring six of the first seven points of the second set, but Ewing answered quickly to tie it at eight.
The teams battled evenly until Ewing opened a three-point lead at 20-17. But after a BDS timeout, Kleinschmidt, a tiny 5-4 outside hitter, scored on two quick kills. A Ewing attack error tied the score at 20.
A Koenig kill gave the Tigers back the lead, but two more Ewing errors put the Eagles back on top at 22-21.
The two sides traded points to make it 23-22, and then Kleinschmidt gave BDS a set point with a kill. A service error followed by a BDS attack error evened the score at 24.
Coming out of a timeout, a Ewing service error gave BDS its third set point. This one they capitalized on — the result of a Tiger attack error that sailed wide that tied the match.
The Eagles firmly seized control of the match in the third set as they scored early and often with efficient attack. Ten Tiger errors also resulted in BDS points in the Eagles’ 25-12 win.
The Tigers regrouped for set four as the two sides played evenly early on. Then Ewing took a 12-8 lead as Koenig scored on a kill down the middle and, later, a service ace.
Ewing then opened a 17-10 lead with a Wagner ace serve sandwiched between kills by Thramer and Sidney Stallbaum.
BDS narrowed the Tiger lead to 22-18. Then Stallbaum’s kill and ace serve gave Ewing a set point, which Koenig converted with a kill from the left side to send the match to a fifth and deciding set.
The Eagles led 8-6 in the fifth when Koenig recorded a kill and service ace to tie it up. But BDS followed that with a 4-2 run. Regan Alfs’ kill off the block made the score 12-10.
The teams traded points, and then Stallbaum’s kill made it 13-11. A Macy Kamler tip kill gave BDS a match point.
Ewing needed to score three straight points and they did as Stallbaum and Koenig both recorded kills and the two combined on a block to event it up at 14.
The Tigers survived two more match points, but a soft kill by the Eagles’ Jennifer Holtzon and an Ewing attack error ended the match at 18-16.
Ewing ends its season with a record of 31-3.
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley defeatrs Ewing
21-25, 26-24, 25-12, 18-25, 18-16
BRUNING-DAVENPORT/SHICKLEY (30-4): Jadyn Kleinschmidt 18k, 2s, 1a, 21d; Sera Johnson 8d; Emilie Schardt 2k; Macy Kamier 21k, 4s, 1a, 15d; Jordan Bolte 25s, 12d, 1b; Regan Alfs 11k,19s, 3a, 8d; Mariah Silva 1k, 1s, 2d; Jennifer Holtzen 2k; Caitlin Mosier 9d.
EWING (31-3): Brenna Wagner 5k, 2s, 2a, 14d; Tiana Thramer 21k, 1s, 2a, 4d; Miranda Summers 3k, 52s, 15d; Summer Schroeder 2s, 11d; Sidney Stallbaum 12k, 1a, 12d, 1b; Ashley Koenig 20k, 2a, 10d; Jaidyn Schindler 1s, 15d.