Manchester Volleyball Defeats Columbia Central, Advances to District Final

By: Seth Kinker, 

The Manchester Lady Dutch Volleyball team continued their postseason on Nov. 1 in the semifinals of a division three district match up.

Manchester won in straight sets, 25-10, 25-17, 25-14, to earn their second straight district title appearance. They’ll face the Hudson Tigers, who defeated the Addison Panthers on Nov. 1 in a five-set thriller to set up the district final on Nov. 3. at noon at Columbia Central High School.

Manchester had faced Columbia Central once earlier this season, a 2-0 victory at a regular season tournament.

“They had couple taller girls that could block and hit,” said Manchester head coach Trisca Beasley on what she was prepared for, already seeing Columbia Central once this season. “ I know that when we played them (earlier in the season) we took the first set 31-29. I knew if we gave in, they would take advantage. Tonight, they played every one of our hits. They’re a scrappy team, they just couldn’t capitalize on much else”

After breezing through the first set 25-10 Manchester remained in control throughout the evening, save for a fast start in set three by Columbia Central.

Manchester jumped out to an 11-4 lead in set two to force a Columbia Central timeout, a second timeout came from Columbia Central trailing 21-14 after a kill from senior Jayden Humphrey.

Humphrey was second on the team in kills with 11, while junior Kayla Engel led with 12.

An ace from senior Kate Pohs ended the second set, 25-17. Pohs, Engel, and sophomore Kayla Ridenour all finished with three aces.

Columbia Central jumped out to an 8-4 lead in the third set, prompting a Manchester timeout. Manchester would respond with a 13-5 run, with a kill from senior Anna Walz forcing a Columbia Central timeout with Manchester lading 17-13. Manchester outscored Columbia Central 8-1 after the timeout to win the set 25-14 and the match 3-0.

Ridenour (25) led the team in assists and  Humphrey and Pohs both had nine digs to lead the team.

Up next for Manchester are the Hudson Tigers, another team they defeated 2-0 in an earlier regular season tournament.

Hudson has (sophomore) Callie Bauer. A great player who can do it all. Unfortunately for the Tigers, she only gets one touch per side.,” said Beasley on what she remembered about Hudson.

With a day off before the district final, Beasley told The Sun Times she was set to prepare for the district title and beyond.

“We’re going to keep practicing,” said Beasley on plans for the day in between matches after their Nov. 1 win. “ I have strong hitting teams in my sights. Blocking is one of the things we’ll be working on in practice tomorrow and hitting against some blocks. I know one of the teams down the line has great blocking. I don’t want us to soften our hits just because they have some blockers, so we have to be able to hit against them.”

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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