Wolverines sweep Lions

Published 9:49 pm Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Glenville-Emmons sophomore Brianne Lundmark (9) bumps the ball while, from left to right, Jamie Williamson, Courtney Williamson, Madi Ziebell and Jennaca Haines watch. The Wolverines volleyball team beat Schaeffer Academy 3-0. -- Andrew Dyrdal

GLENVILLE — Glenville-Emmons volleyball coach Lisa Ziebell said her team needs to work on focusing.

It was obvious at times Tuesday during each game of the Wolverines’ 3-0 win over Schaeffer Academy in Glenville. The Wolverines started slow in two games and finished slow in another, but ultimately came out on top against the undermatched Lions.

The Wolverines trailed 4-0 and 4-2 to start

Glenville-Emmons outside hitter Heather Davies dives to dig the ball Tuesday in a 3-0 win over Schaeffer Academy. -- Andrew Dyrdal

Games 1 and 3, respectively, and built a 9-2 lead in the second game but were outscored 18-16 down the stretch. The Wolverines won 25-17, 25-20 and 25-14.

“They seem to lose their focus and that’s the biggest weakness of our team,” Ziebell said. “When we do focus, we don’t look that bad.”

After falling behind 4-0 to start the match, Ziebell called a timeout and the Wolverines caught fire. Rieley Madson, Jennaca Haines and Heather Davies combined for eight ace serves as the Wolverines went on a 14-2 run to build an eight-point lead.

The Wolverines and Lions played even for the rest of the game and Glenville-Emmons won 25-17.

In the second game, the Wolverines jumped out to a 2-0 lead on consecutive ace serves by Madson and strung seven straight points together after the Lions tied the game to go ahead 9-2. The Lions’ coach, Gail Peterson, called a timeout and her team rallied to within one point on an 8-2 run of their own.

“That’s a typical Wolverines volleyball team,” Ziebell said. “We start slow and all of a sudden we get that adrenaline going but we lose it because we can’t sustain that high.”

The Wolverines refocused and extended its lead to 20-12 en route to a 25-20 win.

The Wolverines trailed 4-2 to begin Game 3 but handled the Lions, who have no juniors or seniors, and built an 18-8 lead before winning 25-14.

Ziebell said the positive she took away from the match is that the Wolverines are playing more like a team.

The Wolverines play again at 7:15 p.m. Thursday against Lanesboro in Glenville.

Glenville-Emmons def. Schaeffer Academy 25-17, 25-20, 25-14

Glenville-Emmons stats: Jamie Williamson 7-9, 3 ace serves, 5 points, 7 set assists; Madison Ziebell 7-7, 2 ace serves, 4 points, 7 kills, 9 digs; Jennaca Haines 11-15, 5 ace serves, 9 points, 4 kills; Karrin Olson 3 digs; Rieley Madson 15-17, 6 ace serves, 12 points, 8 digs; Heather Davies 7-7, 4 aces, 7 points, Meagan Nelsen 1 ace block.

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