Wildcats top Beulah again
By Jarann Johnson
The first time Beulah and Center-Stanton met was at the Coal Country Invite. The game went to a winner-take-all set and Center-Stanton won closely.
Last week Beulah got the rematch they wanted at home, but couldn’t grab the win. Center-Stanton won 3-1.
Center-Stanton made the first move of the game. The score was tied at 2-2 when Tori Wahlman recorded a kill, starting a four-point Center-Stanton run.
Abbi Hintz recorded two kills and Rachel Vitek added an ace to put Center-Stanton up 6-2. Center-Stanton remained strongly in control until Beulah made a five-point run, making the game competitive again.
Beulah’s run was started by an Abbi Shantz kill and received a lot of help from Liz Walsh at the service line. The run ended on a Beulah hitting error, but drew the home team within three points, 15-12.
Center-Stanton quickly went on a counter run, scoring five unanswered to regain control of the match. Center-Stanton’s run started on an Abbi Hintz ace and was aided by four consecutive Beulah errors.
Beulah couldn’t overcome Center-Stanton’s 20-15 lead and lost the set 25-19. Set point was scored by Tristen Henke.
Set 2 started with Center-Stanton in full control. Two consecutive aces by Vitek put Center-Stanton up 6-1. Beulah Head Coach Brian Filibeck called a timeout.
Filibeck’s timeout worked with seven ties following his timeout. The score was tied at 23-23 entering the later parts of the set.
Tristen Henke delivered a kill for Center-Stanton giving her team match point, but Hintz committed a serving error re-tying the game at 24-24.
The eighth tie would be the final tie of the set. Center-Stanton was called for a lifting violation and Henke hit the ball out of play on her chance to re-tie the game.
Tied at one set each, the momentum seemed to be favoring the home team. The third set was played as competitively as the second set with neither team grabbing a lead bigger than three points.
At 18-18, Center-Stanton started to pull away late. Katie Windhorst started a Center-Stanton four-point run that closed on a Beulah hitting error, putting Center-Stanton up 22-18.
Filibeck called a timeout in an effort to regroup. Filibeck’s regrouping efforts were made moot by Windhorst’s serving after the timeout.