By Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Manchester Lady Dutch (1-0) opened Cascades Conference play with a victory on Tuesday Sept. 5.
The Lady Dutch traveled to Michigan Center High School to take on the Cardinals and swept 25-23, 25-21, and 25-18.
In the first few sets lighting was an issue on both sides, even one of the officials had to put on a pair of sunglasses, with the sunlight coming through the gymnasium windows onto the court.
“It was hard to see especially on our strong side hit over here,” said Lady Dutch head coach Trisca Beasley motioning to the side where her team was playing when the light was affecting play early in Tuesday’s matches. “So that was hard to deal with both on the back row and the front row.”
Despite the lighting the Lady Dutch won the first two sets and took control of the third set and the game.
“In the later games we started fixing some of our swing (play) and our passing,” said Beasley. “So we could actually pass the ball up and make a good play on it.”
Junior Stephanie Messman led the team with seven aces, junior Jayden Humphrey (14) and sophomore Kayla Engel (13) led the team in digs, Engel (11) and junior Avery Collins (seven) led the team in kills and freshman Kayla Ridenour (12) and Messman (11) led the team in assists.
The Lady Dutch pushed their overall record to 6-4 (1-0) with their next contest on Tuesday Sept. 12 against Napoleon High School.
Beasley evaluated the win as a team win stating, “they all had some shining moments, they all made some smart hits, especially in the front. I really wouldn’t pick a star tonight I thought they each did the job they needed to do when it was critical for them to do it.”