Friday, October 13, 2017

Metamora Volleyball prevails in 3 sets over Dunlap

Metamora Volleyball prevails in 3 sets over Dunlap, Metamora Herald
Photo by Richard Roedell

Metamora, IL - It was a bounce-back match for the Metamora Redbirds (28-5) (11-1) at home Thursday evening as they took on the Dunlap Eagles (18-11) (7-6). This was a match-up, which when the two met in Dunlap earlier this year, although it went two sets, was back and forth throughout, with Metamora eventually coming out on top. It was no question this would be another hard-fought match between these two programs.

The Eagles came out firing on all cylinders in the first set, starting things up 8-3. Just a brief while later, the Redbirds came back, off a block by Maddie Stott, two kills from Amanda Greening, and a kill from Alivia West to storm back from 14-10 to 15-15. Despite this Metamora run, the visiting Eagles still found a way to counteract, forcing Metamora to call a timeout with the Eagles ahead 21-15. A kill from Reagan Begole had the Redbirds within two (22-24). A block error by the Redbirds gave the Eagles the set, 25-23.

The Redbirds came out with a bit more fire in the second set, riding back-to-back blocks as well as a kill from West to get within one of Dunlap early, 4-3. The Eagles had a few errors that would tie the set at five apiece, and that's when Metamora went on another run. A block from West and even more errors by the Eagles had Metamora up 16-11. Back came Dunlap. They came back on a furious string of points, eventually re-taking the lead at 17-16, forcing Metamora Head Coach Tara Ballard to call a timeout. Metamora would return the favor yet again when a Begole kill forced a Dunlap timeout with the Redbirds back in the lead, 22-17. A Dunlap error gave Metamora the set, 25-19.

In the third and final set, Dunlap would have to find a way to fix all the errors they had piled up thus far to come away with a win. They weren't able to do that. The Redbirds dominated the final frame, riding plays like a Stott block and a big-time kill from West to put Metamora out in front, 10-7. Errors continued to come in droves for Dunlap, giving Metamora a 14-9 lead. It was at this point that the Redbirds slammed the door shut, relying on more kills and more Dunlap errors to eventually take the third set and the match, 25-14.

After the match, Coach Ballard thought the key to closing out the game was a fix that needed to happen from the earlier portions of the match.

"We kind of struggled with passing in the first and second sets. Our blocking had done a good job throughout the match."

Ballard also added that there were some question marks as to how the team may play after Tuesday's 3-set loss at Limestone.

"You never know what's going to happen after a big loss. It was good to see that the girls were able to fight for it."

Amanda Greening, Reagan Begole, and Alivia West all had a quality match, and Ballard agreed.

"They did an awesome job. Alivia especially, with both blocking and swinging. You have to get the middles going, and they did a really good job - all of them."

The win over Dunlap sets up a big match Tuesday between the Redbirds and Pekin. The match is Tuesday, October 17th, at 7:00 pm in Pekin.

Metamora Statistical Leaders: 
Kills | Amanda Greening (10)
Blocks | Maddie Stott (5)
Digs | Sara DuBois (12)
Assists | Kennedy Mathews (28)
Aces | Natalie Feldmann (3)

Dunlap Statistical Leaders: 
Kills | Marissa Seibel (18)
Blocks | Grace McConaghie (1)
Digs | Katy Weiss (14)
Assists | Grace McConaghie (36)
Aces | Belle Pierpont (2)

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