The Breckenridge Cowgirls took on the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Wolverines on Tuesday night in Breckenridge with C-G-B coming out on top 3-1 (25-13, 26-28, 26-24, 25-15).
It was a fast start for the Wolverines as they built an early 7 point lead right away in the 1st set. The Wolverines easily took the first set 25-13. The second set started the same with the Cowgirls trailing 9-14 when sophomore right-side, Tori Undem, and senior middle, Riley Lorenz, lit a spark for the Cowgirls with 3 huge kill blocks to give them a bit of momentum to tie the set up at 14-14. “Our front row really turned the set around for us in that 2nd game,” said Breckenridge Head Coach Margaret Wilson. “Lorenz and Undem put up a wall against their best hitters and we were able to finally control the offense.” Undem and Lorenz finished the second set with 4 kill blocks combined and Riley Finkral and Jude Held accumulated 2 more. CGB didn’t let up too easily as they made a 4-point run to come back and tie the Cowgirls at 23-23. From there it was a back-and-forth battle to win by 2. The Cowgirls came out of that set 28-26. “We haven’t blocked that well yet this season! It was nice to see our front row slow down CGB’s good hitters,” noted Wilson
The third set started with the Cowgirls up 4-2. The Cowgirls hung on to the lead up until the end of the set. At 22-24, the Wolverines went on another 4-point run to finish the 3rd set in their favor, 26-24. “We blocked well again in that 3rd set, but we put down our guard to early and opened up the door for them to go on a run. We need to work on finishing the set! When we’re 19-23, and we let them catch back up, we have to do a better job of refocusing and doing the little things in order to get to 25,” added Coach Wilson.
The fourth set was all Wolverines as they got out to an early lead and never looked back. The Wolverines took the 4th set and match, 25-15 against the Cowgirls. “That match was a true mental test,” said Wilson. “We didn’t play like a team like we did last week; there were way too many dropped balls because of miscommunication and it’s just something we’ll need to work on. Our defensive game was awesome in the 2nd and 3rd set. Now we just need to get our offensive game in gear again.”
Leaders for the Cowgirls were Kayley Ceroll (11 set assists, 8 digs), Finkral (23 digs, 3 block assists), Undem (10 block assists), Camryn Kaehler (11 kills, 12 digs), Abby Johnson (11 kills, 17 digs), Kaitlin Arnhalt (19 set assists, 10 digs), Lorenz (5 kills, 10 block assists) and Held (3 kills, 4 block assists).
The Cowgirls (7-2) take on the Wahpeton Huskies in Wahpeton on Thursday, September 12 for the annual PINK match.