Rebels top Knights 3-1

Published 11:05 pm Monday, October 4, 2010

Alden-Conger’s Jocelyn Torres (7) and Taylor Martin (14) attempt to block USC’s Cassidy Latusek’s (9) spike. -- Jon Theuer

WELLS — The last time the United South Central volleyball team led a match 2-0, they dropped a heart breaker to NRHEG 3-2.

The Rebels found themselves in a similar position Monday against Alden-Conger in Wells.

USC finished this time as they defeated the Knights 3-1.

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The win halted a three-game losing streak for the Rebels.

USC’S Danielle Koestler (10) bumps the ball during the Rebels’ second game against Alden-Conger Monday. A-C’s Allison Songstad (3) gets ready for a Rebels spike. -- Jon Thuer

“It was a good win,” USC head coach Jolene Bute said. “Every win is a good win, we got to get a lot of kids in and that was fun.”

For the Knights, who had won two of their last three, it was serving that did them in as they struggled from the serving line most of the night.

“We struggled to serve tonight,” Alden-Conger head coach Sarah Attig said. “We struggled getting that serve over the net. We started slow and that’s been our thing all year.”

In the first game, the Knights started out with a 4-1 lead until USC scored three straight points to take a 7-4 lead. From there, the Rebels used runs of 4-0 and 8-0 to help take game one 25-15.

Much like the first game, USC again struck from the service line as they used early runs of 8-0 and 4-0 to jump out to an 18-4 lead as the Rebels took game two 25-9.

“The first two games did go well,” Bute said. “Despite we had new people at new positions and having Kayla Stenzel out tonight. Those are some big shoes to fill.”

Having won two games, the Rebels needed one more for the sweep.

But Alden-Conger denied USC game three as the Knights jumped out fast to an early 10-5 lead and made plays down the stretch as Alden-Conger took game three 25-19.

“We tried some things and they worked a little bit,” Attig said. “I thought why not try something different and I threw that group out their and they played well together,” Attig said of the group that consisted of freshman and sophomore players.

In the fourth game, the Rebels came back from a 6-2 deficit and used runs of 7-0 and 4-0 to jump to a 13-7 lead. USC went on to win game four 25-15 and earn a three to one win over Alden-Conger.

Karina Skov led the Knights with nine digs, while Kelsey Behnke had eight digs.

From the service line, Allison Songstad went 19-for-19 with two aces.

For USC, Katie Ovrebo had a big night from the service line as she went 24-for-24 with five serving aces.