Miners VB off to great start
By Jarann Johnson
A couple of sweeps and a second place finish at the Coal Country Invite is a good way to start the year. But what’s most impressive about the Beulah Miners’ great start is that the Miners have done it without one of their key players – Nicole Schramm.
The Miners started the season by picking up a 3-0 sweep over Underwood last Tuesday and headed to Center for their second game of the year. Against the Center-Stanton Wildcats, the Miners kept playing strongly against a team that wouldn’t go away and grabbed a sweep.
Early on it looked like the Miners weren’t going to have any trouble against the Center-Stanton Wildcats. The Miners grabbed a 10-3 lead after a Jamie Murschel, senior, ace.
That lead would stay close to 10 points until the Wildcats made a 4-point surge, making the game 14-8. At that point the Wildcats gained some momentum, so Miners’ head coach Kevin Peterson called a timeout to drain out the home team’s momentum.
Peterson’s move initially worked, but the Wildcats cut the lead down to a point after some great serving from Madeline Henke. Henke recorded consecutive aces, cutting Beulah’s lead to one point 15-14.
But with a chance to tie the set, Henke missed her target moving Beulah’s lead back to two points 16-14. Delaney Johansen made sure the Miners got a point, an ace, and started a 4-point rally putting Beulah in control of the match 20-14. The Miners stayed in control until late when they were up 23-18.