SEYMOUR – Only one of the evenly matched clubs in the Oct. 17 nightcap at Trinity Lutheran High School could advance to Saturday’s volleyball sectional semifinal round.
Unfortunately, for the Oldenburg Academy Lady Twisters, they didn’t find themselves moving on after a 13-25, 25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 11-15 five-set loss to West Washington.
Very sluggish through the opening set, the Twisters broke out for a 2-1 match lead and were a mere four points from victory at 21-17 in the fourth set. Oldenburg then went stone cold as the Lady Senators rattled off eight consecutive points to force the fifth-set tiebreaker.
Five early ties in the deciding set made it 6-6, before two Twister errors had head coach Debbie Gregg huddling her charges. A block by senior Elizabeth Schuman and kill by junior Jessica Rees knotted the game at 8.
The Sens took a short-lived lead at 10-8, prior to a diagonal kill from sophomore Katie Johnson, a point for junior Annaliese Nobbe and a WWHS error.
After a timeout, the Senators went ahead 12-11, leading to an OA timeout. As they had in the previous set, the Sens went on a match-finishing run of five straight points. The winning kill glanced off Nobbe and floated out of bounds.
Senior Alexa Miles served OA to an early lead in set number one. WW quickly tied the game at 3 apiece. A serving run by junior Ella Fledderman later tied the set at 8. The Senators won 7 of the next 9 points, leading to an OA timeout. The Twisters managed just three more points in facing the early deficit.
A Nobbe solo block forced a WW timeout at 5-1 in the ensuing game. Points by Johnson, an ace by sophomore Elizabeth Gigrich, and senior Harlee Masavage’s block drew another timeout at 11-4. Out of the break came another Johnson kill and Masavage block. The Sens recovered to make it 14-10; the comeback was complete when a 10-6 run tied things at 20. OA finished strong as Johnson served out the set.
The Twisters dug a 3-0 hole to open the next game, but a Rees serve would tie the set at 4-all. Two Johnson kills and a block each by Nobbe and Masavage forced a WW timeout at 8-5. Despite going on a 9-8 run and getting within two, the Senators called another timeout. Four OA errors put the opponent up by two at 19-17.
Johnson, Masavage, Miles and Rees would all record kills to get OA to set point. Two WW points had Gregg calling time. A Masavage block closed the set.
The Senators jumped out early in the fourth, only to surrender the lead and make it 8-8. An ace by Rees and hitting error put OA up 11-9. WW owned the next segment, putting up 7 of the next 10 to lead by 2. Oldenburg went on a commanding 7-1 run to regain the lead; two Rees kills and a Gigrich dig were winners.
Miles had 19 assists and junior Kylee Wesseler added 18; Gigrich recorded 20 digs. Nobbe and Masavage had 6 and 5 blocks, respectively. Johnson had 13 kills to Rees’ 11. Johnson added 4 aces and Miles 3 from the service line.
Oldenburg finished the campaign with a 9-17 record. The Twisters will regroup without the services of Masavage and Claire Horan (co-captains), Miles, Phoebe Kroen and Schuman.