October 9, 2008

Three down with only two to go

The power of positive thinking has never played such an important role in a volleyball match as it did last Thursday when Center-Stanton took an extended road trip to Flasher. The Wildcats roared to an impressive first game win but had to fight for the rest as they gained their third District 9 victory 3-1.

"We came out strong and just kind of coasted. The part I’m impressed with, they hung tough. We encouraged each other and pick each other up," head coach Janet Erhardt explained.

Riding the breeze of a 3-0 contest C-S faced on Sept. 30 against Grant County, the Wildcats had everything on their back, including a bull’s-eye coming into the match. But they jumped ahead 11-5 in the first game against Flasher with a Bailey Henke kill and a trio of Jenny Erhardt aces. The Bulldogs quickly took a timeout to regain the momentum but as play resumed they sent Erhardt’s next serve into the stands.

Kelly Bonsness is often quietly working behind the scenes from the outsider hitter position, but her actions were screaming as the senior kept the Wildcats intensity up with a pair of unreturned serves to cause another Bulldog timeout at 21-10.

Flasher got the shift they were looking for as they had a late 4-1 rally but eventually closed out Game 1 with an attacking error at 25-13 Wildcats.

At the beginning of the second game, C-S had a little trouble adjusting to a lower ceiling as passes seemed to bounce directly back to the floor. An Erhardt kill tight to the net broke a 5-0 Flasher run. Senior Shantell Schutt added an ace and Bonsness rifled an outside attack to bring C-S back at 6-9.

Flasher kept the lead with a strong middle block and Wildcat indecision at the net. That was until Bonsness became a triple threat. She was solid from the outside and blocking, but the senior added back-to-back aces from the serving line to tie the contest at 14-14 before Flasher signaled for a timeout.

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