by Steve Peterson
Although the Akron-Westfield volleyball team fought hard and tried a comeback in the final set against Trinity Christian, the Tigers emerged with a 3-1 War Eagle Conference victory Oct. 3 at A-W.
A-W dropped the First Set, 25-22; won the Second Set, 25-16; lost the Third Set, 25-14 and the Fourth Set, 25-20.
A-W was 7-7 record and 2-4 in the WEC after the loss.
“We just have to be more consistent and learn how to stop another team’s comeback. They did a good job defensively against our attacks,” said A-W Co-coach Kami Kuhlmann.
A-W zoomed to a 12-6 lead over the visitors from Hull in the First Set but only to see the Tigers catch rally to par four points from the lead, at 12-10.
A-W still led as late as 15-13 on a point by Kayla Tindall but Trinity Christian gained a 15-15 tie and took and kept two three-point leads. A-W, down 23-19, rallied for a 24-22 deficit but the Tigers were able to win the set.
A-W led 7-3 in the Second Set with Jordan Hansen serving. Behind Ann Hedlund’s serving, A-W grabbed a 10-5 lead causing Trinity to call time-out.
Hanson and Dana Hedliund served to reach 16-9 lead, and a kill by Sarah Schroeder made it a 17-9 home team lead. A kill by Cali Westergard pushed A-W to 21 points, and Tindall and Hansen finished out the set win.
Trinity Christian jumped to a 10-5 lead on the Third Set and led by as much as 20-10. Trinity Christian took a key 2-1 sets’ lead with a 25-14 win.
A-W led 4-2 early in the Fourth Set seeking to push the match to a fifth set as Bethany Eastman had a kill.
The Tigers gained a 9-9 tie and were able to take a 13-9 lead.
A-W tried to right the ship as an ace by Dana Hedlund cut the lead to 15-12.
It was a 18-13 Tigers’ lead when an Eastman kill led to a rally with two aces by Kortney Hedlund for a 18-15 deficit. But, Trinity Christian reopened a six-point lead and held on for the victory.
It was the second win for the Tigers over the Lady Westerners this season as they had beaten them at the West Sioux tournament.
A-W is at Elk-Point Jefferson, S.D., for a 3 p.m. non-conference battle Oct. 12.
WEC remaining matches include at Hinton Oct. 15 and hosting Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn for Senior Night Oct. 17. Seniors are Hansen, Schroeder, Tindall and Dana Hedlund.
Trinity Christian won the freshmen and Junior Varsity matches by 2-1 scores.
A-W’s students were decked out for “Random Night,” anything from the closet including, apparently, a USA hat, a Chicago Bulls NBA star Derek Rose jersey, a couple of flags and assorted night-ware and the enthusiasm for the Lady Westerners’ efforts. Students also sang “Happy Birthday” to Hansen.
Westergard had six kills, one dig and one total block.
Tindall had six kills, nine digs, and 11-of-12 serving with one ace.
Bailey Davis had one kill and six digs.
Eastman had four kills, five digs, three total blocks and 2-of-2 serving.
Hansen had one kill, 25 digs and 6-of-6 serving.
Ann Hedlund had one kill, and 10-of-10 serving.
Dana Hedlund had one kill, 25 assists, 23 digs, 17-of-17 serving and two aces.
Kortney Hedlund had four kills, six digs, 13-of-14 serving and two aces.
Desi Oltmanns had eight digs.
Schroeder had five kills, two digs, three total blocks, and 14-of-14 serving.
Team totals were 28 kills, 25 assists, 86 digs, seven total blocks, and 73-of-75 serving, 0.973 percent, five aces.
TC 25, 16, 25, 25
AW 22, 25, 14, 20