It was a fun night for sure in Pepin. Everyone likes to see a "Purple" school go down. We came out ready to go, and looked great to start the game. Our receive looked great, and our passing was on, and we just seemed to be putting things together. They are a very good team, and it was very close the whole way, but we stayed on task and won the first set 25-22. The second set was pretty much them, but we did help them out a little by having a few more unforced errors than we'd had in the first set, and despite it being pretty close in score, they were controlling the tempo in the 2nd set, which saw us serve out 6 times in that set alone. The third set was very much a back and forth game, and we actually were down heading into the 20's in that game, and we just held our composure, and chipped away, and managed to pull out a very tight, come from behind 3rd game. I think that proved to be crucial in the long run as we seemed more confident than they did mid-way through the 4th set. It was a very tight match for sure, with both teams playing great defense, and being very scrappy all over the court, but we prevailed by taking the 4th set 25-20 for the win!
By all accounts, it was a very fun match to watch. Neither team lit it on fire offensively, with them hitting under .100, and us hitting just .132, but we did have a very balanced attack with MJ leading the way with 15 kills, followed by Amy with 8, Olivia with 7, Piper with 6, and Maddie and Julia with 4 kills respectively. Julia and Caitlin defensively led the team with 21 digs apiece, while Piper and Julia both had 4 blocks, and Maddie had 3. Julia also led the team in assists with 29, and service aces with 2 for a very balanced game overall. Kathryn did a great job coming in to set from the back, and we had very solid contributions from both Stud and Meg playing back row as an OH.
It was what we like to call a very good TEAM win. We were working well together, communicating well, and chasing down all errant balls, and getting a lot of them up and back over. We are right back in action tonight as we face Colby College here at home, and Bates tomorrow at 2pm. Both games will be webcast, in you're interested. It's a big Conference Week for us, and one of only two home weekends this year, which are always so much fun!