Game point goes to Warriors

South Winn’s Addison Timp (14) and Kiara Bullerman (3) are ready to block Adriana Tiedt’s block Tuesday night. Also pictured for the Warriors is Ella Theis (8) and Trojans Morgan Vsetecka (22), Maici Weber (8), Kinsey Reicks (10) and Annika Bodensteiner (25) (Driftless Multimedia photo by Becky Walz)

It was quite an energized atmosphere at the opening conference match between the South Winn (6-7, 1-0 UIC) and Turkey Valley (2-7, 0-1 UIC) volleyball teams Tuesday night in Jackson Junction.
After the Warriors defeated the Trojans at the New Hampton Tournament just over a week ago, it was Turkey Valley who came out with the momentum early, grabbing the first two sets of the evening, 25-23 and 25-19. South Winn regrouped, capturing the third set 25-22, and then an epic fourth set ensued, with the Warriors fighting off match points and secured a comeback 28-26 win. In the fifth set, South Winn got the momentum early and captured the victory to start the conference season with a win, 15-9.
“We knew going in that it wasn’t going to come easy. Turkey Valley played some great volleyball and put some pressure on us, forcing some uncharacteristic errors on our part. I was very proud of how we regrouped and handled some of the difficult moments later in the match. It is a fun rivalry and our players got to play in front of two outstanding student sections with tremendous support for both teams. Seeing the student sections shake hands with each other following the match is what high school sports is all about,” said SW head coach Alex Smith.

South Winn had 44 kills, 160 attack attempts, 35 assists, 84 digs, 11 total blocks and served 87-for-102 with five aces. Katrina Hageman was on fire with 16 kills and 22 digs, and served 13-for-14. Avery Humpal and Ivey Franzen pounded down nine kills each with Humpal coming up with 22 digs and a 25-for-27 serving performance. Chloe Wiltgen provided 27 digs. Ella Theis handed out 18 assists with Avery Luzum dishing out another 15.
Stats from Turkey Valley were unavailable at press time.

Next dates
The Warriors host MFL MarMac tonight (Thursday, Sept. 14), then compete in the Nashua-Plainfield tournament Saturday, Sept. 16, at 9 a.m.
The Trojans are at home against North Fayette Valley Thursday, Sept. 14, before traveling to Waukon for tournament action Saturday, Sept. 16.

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