Stanley – The Tioga Pirates appeared to be in the driver’s seat after taking the first two sets, but the Stanley Blue Jays would mount a wild comeback in their home opener to claim a thrilling 3-2 victory in District 16 volleyball action.
Former Stanley Blue Jay standout and first year Tioga head coach Shaunessy Dauwalder had her team in sync early on on. Seniors hitter Grace Ramberg and senior setter Nicole Postovit had things clicking for the Pirates. Postovit finished with game high 23 assists and Ramberg slammed home a team high 13 kills.
Stanley looked a little rusty early on, but the Blue Jays would find their groove in the third set behind some heavy hitting from junior Hayley Schmidt (finished with a game high 17 kills).
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The Blue Jays back row also got into a groove in the last three sets, the junior trio of Sidney Larson, Daphne Enander, and Danae Vachal came up with some huge digs that energized the Stanley crowd down the stretch.
The final set came down to the wire with the Blue Jays holding a narrow 14-13 lead. Senior Jasmyne Giesewould seal the game for the Blue Jays by finding a soft spot in the Tioga defense for the final kill.
Stanley’s Taylor Dean had a team high 17 assists. Tioga’s Abby Larson had a game high 8 blocks.
The Blue Jays will be back in action this Saturday when they travel to the Watford City Tournament.
Set Scores: First- Tioga 25-22, Second- Tioga 27-25, Third- Stanley 25-21, Fourth- Stanley 25-22, Five- Stanley 15-13
Kills: Schmidt 17, Enander 8, Giese 7, J. Meyer 7, Vachal 3, Lee 2
Assists: Dean 17, Giese 16
Blocks: J. Meyer 1, Enander 1
Aces: Enander 3, Dean 2, Lee 2, Schmidt 2, Larson 1
Digs: Larson 15, Schmidt 8, Vachal 7, Enander 5, Giese 5, Dean 2, Salgado 1
Kills: Ramberg 13, Schmidt 8, Salinas 5, Postovit 4, Wolfe 3, Larson 2, Henson 1
Blocks: Larson 8, Postovit 3, Wolfe 3, Salinas 2
Assists: Postovit 23, Schmidt 1, Wolfe 1
Ace: Salinas 2, Carr 2, Postovit 1, Schmidt 1, Larson 1, Henson 1
Digs: Larson 17, Postovit 16, Salinas 12, Carr 12, Henson 12, Schmidt 6, Ramberg 2
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