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09-10-03: Minster wins Auglaize Co. battle

Standard Correspondent

MINSTER — For the second night in succession, the Minster Lady Wildcats took to the volleyball court and once again remained unbeaten as the smoke cleared.
Their latest victim, the St. Marys Roughriders, gave the Orange and Black a hard-fought battle, but eventually succumbed in two games, 15-8, 15-11.
“I’ll tell you what, I’m going to give St. Marys a lot of credit for the way they played tonight,” remarked Minster coach Rick Carter. “They’re a scrappy team. They aren’t real big in size, but they played excellent defense and got some good hits and were able to catch us off balance at times.”
In the opening contest, the home team jumped out to the quick 5-0 lead, however, a short time later the Roughriders closed the gap to two points at 5-3. The teams traded service points and Krissy Haines’ jump serve ace pulled her team to within a point at 6-5.
The Wildcats were able to respond with another pair of service points from sophomore Laura Morsey to take command 8-5, but the Roughriders‚ just wouldn’t say die. Jill Anderson provided the serving as her team knotted the contest at eight points by taking advantage of several Minster defensive lapses.
Robyn Hoying bumped over a Roughrider serve to give possession back to the home team, and the senior middle hitter served up the game’s next seven points, giving her team the 15-8 victory in game one.
“They had a couple of girls jump serve tonight and they were successful at picking up a few points from those,” said Carter. “We haven’t seen that at all this year and it caught us out of position a few times, but we managed to recover nicely and Robyn provided some excellent serving at the end of the game. That’s really something we like to see out of her because it means other girls are coming up with big hits when she’s back there for so long.”
St. Marys drew first blood in the second game, but the Wildcats immediately answered with three straight points to pull ahead, 3-1. Emily Matthews served two straight points for the visitors and the contest was knotted at three points apiece before Minster answered with another couple of scores from the serving of Morsey.
The Wildcats were in command 5-3, and six sideouts later added another point to take charge, 6-3. St. Marys answered with another tandem of points to cut the Wildcat lead to one point, and from there it was a seesaw battle. Haines tied the game at eight points with a pair of jump serves which fell in front of Wildcat freshman Danae Spieles and the Blue and Gold would jump ahead by as many as two points at 10-8 before Minster would rally.
The Wildcats tied the contest at 10-10 following a pair of serves by Spieles. The Roughriders picked up another point to take the 11-10 lead, but from there it was all Minster as the home team responded with five straight points to close the match with the hard-earned 15-11 win.
“I though overall we played very competitive tonight,” explained St. Marys Coach Monica Vanderhorst. “We tied it at eight points in the first game and it was knotted at 11 points in the second game. The key is to stay competitive with the teams that we play as we continue to build more confidence.”
With the win, the Wildcats keep their record unblemished at 8-0 on the season, while St. Marys drops to 3-5 on the young campaign. The Wildcats will host the Delphos St. John’s Blue Jays tomorrow night in a league contest, while the Roughriders will play host to the undefeated Ottawa Glandorf Titans in a home tilt.


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