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Van Buren escapes WACO with five-set win

By Andy Krutsinger, Golden Triangle News Service | Sep 15, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Grace Davidson chases down a ball as head coach Matt Zeitler gets out of the way.

WAYLAND — WACO and Van Buren went the distance on Thursday night as the battle of Warriors came down to a deciding-fifth set. When the dust settled it was Van Buren who stood tall, clipping WACO 25-12, 15-25, 25-19, 25-14, 15-12.

Van Buren cruised in the first set, seemingly setting the tone for the rest of the match. They took game one 25-12 for the biggest margin of victory on the night.

Van Buren stayed strong early on in the second set, scoring the first five points of the match including an ace by Logan Schmitt. WACO, however, woke up in a big way, scoring 11 of the next 12 points to jump out to an 11-6 lead of their own.

Van Buren was unable to stage a comeback in the set. WACO stretched their lead to 10 points and took the set 25-15. Taylor Roth had one block and two kills in the second, including the kill to end it and knot the match up at 1-1.

The third set was the closest of the first four. WACO lead for most of the set but Van Buren came back to knot it up at 16-16. The Warriors took the lead on a kill by Grace Davison and used two more kills from her and a couple aces from Schmitt to take the third set 25-19.

WACO jumped out to a huge lead in the fourth. The hometown Warriors led 10-2 after 12 points. Van Buren didn’t go away, scoring six in a row to cut the lead to 10-8, but WACO utilized a trifecta of Kiana Miller aces and nine-straight points to blow the game open at 19-8. From there it was easy sailing and the two squads headed into a fifth set.

Van Buren was able to hold a small lead for most of the fifth set, getting three kills from middle-hitter Taryn Scheuerman to stay on top. Leading 14-12 and one point away from a win, Salena Sayre finished the game off with a kill Van Buren could breath with a 15-12 victory.

After the game, Van Buren head coach Matt Zeitler talked about his team’s ability to bounce back after a rough fourth set.

“Volleyball is a goofy sport because it goes in runs,” Zeitler said. “You get into a funk, and that’s what happened in the fourth set. But what do you have to do about it? You have to come out of it.”

Van Buren was led in kills by Sayre, who had 16 of them. Schuermann had 14 kills. Chloe Davidson finished with 10. G. Davidson had eight. Hannah Hudson finished with three and Hannah Heiserman had two. Isabell Manning led the team with 39 digs. Logan Schmidt had 41 assists and four aces, both leading the squad.

WACO was led in kills by Clara Schmitz, who had 12 on the night. Miller finished with nince. Lona Farrier had six. Roth and Nadiyah Brown each had five kills. Aubri Garnsey had two, and Kristen Conley had one. Roth also finished with a team-leading 12 digs. She and Miller each had four aces on the night. Garnsey had 31 assists to lead WACO.

WACO coach Jay Coble said while he wished the result was different, he was pleased to see his squad battle with a tough Warrior team on the other side.

“This was a group we switched on Tuesday night against Notre Dame and won that (set),” he said. “Then to come out and play five sets with a Van Buren team was a lot of fun.”

WACO fell to 3-8 with the loss. Van Buren is now 9-3 after the victory.

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