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10-08-03: Redskins hold off Indians

Standard Correspondent

FORT RECOVERY — Last night at the Fort Site Fieldhouse in Fort Recovery, the St. Henry Redskins gave themselves a chance at a MAC volleyball championship as they downed the Fort Recovery Indians in a very tight battle, 17-15, 16-14.
The victory sets the stage for the season’s marquee matchup in Minster tomorrow evening as the Redskins will take their perfect MAC record to face the Wildcats for the outright conference championship.
St. Henry and Minster are ranked number one and two respectively in the latest Associated Press poll, and the contest will not only have a serious outcome on the final MAC standings, but it will also affect the poll championship as well as the seedings for the upcoming sectional tournament.
“I feel very relieved to get out of here tonight with a win,” explained a visibly exhausted St. Henry coach, Lori Schwieterman. “Fort Recovery is a very scrappy team and they were hitting and blocking very well tonight. They gave us all we could handle and more, but I’m very proud of the way our girls responded and put the game away when they needed to.”
Before the Redskins could worry about the future, they had the difficult task of defeating a very solid Fort Recovery team on their own floor.
The Indians’ gameplan entering the contest was to stay loose and play as if they had nothing to lose, and this kept them close for two exciting games.
The Indians jumped out to the early lead in the opening contest, 5-0, but the Redskins stormed back to take the 7-5 lead behind the strong serving of seniors Nicole Elking and Lindsay Hess.
For the next few points, the home team would manage to tie the game at seven and eight points, but would watch their deficit slip to as many as four points at 12-8.
The Indians posted a quick rally behind the serving of sophomore Jennalee Post and junior Krystal Rammel, to tie the battle at 12-12. Two sideout exchanges and senior Joscie Kaup gave her team the lead, 13-12 with the next service point.
A short time later, the Indians extended their lead to two points at 14-12, but the Redskins closed the gap following a pair of defensive miscues by the Indians, tying the game at 14-14.
Both teams exchanged points once again over the next few serving opportunities, but it was St. Henry which closed the game with two straight points to finish the game with the 17-15 win and what seemed to be a boatload of momentum in their favor.
St. Henry picked up game two’s first point, but the Indians answered in a hurry with the next four counters. Junior Maria Wuebker pulled the Redskins back into the lead at 6-4 and her classmate, Lindsay Puthoff, added another pair of scores to give St. Henry the 8-4 advantage.
Senior Kim Hess added another point to the St. Henry lead a little bit later, and with the 9-4 lead, the Redskins looked to finally be in control of the contest.
Fort Recovery’s Julie Grube nailed a quick point to cut her teams’ deficit to four points, but the visitors answered with Christa Schwartz connecting for four consecutive points to push the Redskins further in front, 13-5.
Then, all of a sudden, the tide turned one more time. Krystal Rammel, Renee Schmackers, and Grube combined services and pulled the Indians back into the game with eight points to tie the contest at 13-13.
The two teams traded punches, but St. Henry once again answered with the game’s final two counters to leave the Fieldhouse with the 17-15, 16-14 win.
“My girls have nothing to hang their heads about,” said Fort Recovery coach Jackie Kaup. “We came in wanting to play loose and we did just that, unfortunately, it didn’t go our way on the scoreboard tonight.”
The Redskins improve to 20-1 overall and 8-0 in the MAC, while Fort Recovery drops to 13-6 on the season and 4-3 in the conference.
The Indians are at home against New Bremen tomorrow night, while St. Henry travels east to Minster. The JV match was won in two games by St. Henry 15-7, 15-8.


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