Manchester Volleyball Wins Conference Opener (with photos)

Seniors Avery Collins (left) and Hannad Woods (right) rise for a block against Vandercook Lake.

By: Seth Kinker,

 The Manchester Lady Dutch Volleyball team opened Cascades Conference play with a win yesterday, traveling to the Vandercook Lake Jayhawks turf and winning in four sets, 3-1.

Last year, the Lady Dutch won both meetings between the teams, a five-set victory last September and a sweep in the conference tournament.

The Lady Dutch finished in a tie for first at 6-1 with Hanover-Horton and the Jayhawks tied with Grass Lake for third at 5-2.

In the first set, the Lady Dutch lost a close contest, 25-22. After being down 11-7 they battled back to force a Jayhawk time out, leading 19-18. The Jayhawks took a 22-21 lead and a controversial point gave the Jayhawks the needed momentum to close out the set.

For sets two through four the blueprint was the same, start out strong, get a big lead, and then allow the Jayhawks back in it late. Despite that, the leads built at the beginning of each game were enough. In set two, the Lady Dutch won 25-17 with senior Avery Collins providing the last two points on a block followed by a spike.

The Lady Dutch jumped out to an 11-5 lead in set three, before getting stuck on 24. They called a timeout leading 24-17 and the Jayhawks were able to score four more unanswered before a Jayhawk mistake ended the rally.

Set four, the Lady Dutch went up 10-1, forcing two Jayhawk timeouts along the way. They would win the last set 25-19 after a Jayhawk serve went out of bounds for the match point.

Senior Jayden Humphrey and junior Kayla Engel led the team in kills (12), Collins added another eight. Collins, Humphrey, and senior Hannah Woods led the team with two blocks a piece. Sophomore Kayla Ridenour had 32 assists, and five players had double digit digs for the Lady Dutch.

Tomorrow the Lady Dutch host a quad at home, hosting Columbia Central, Northwest, and Dexter.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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