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Spirit Lake falls to Generals in five games

By Staff | Sep 11, 2008

SIBLEY – While rally scoring speeds up the play of volleyball scoring, some matches can still become marathons.

That’s what happened when Spirit Lake and Sibley-Ocheyedan met on the court on Tuesday as the two teams battled for five games. The Generals eventually came out on top 3-2.

With regular games scoring to 25, but teams must win by two points, the first game went to the host Generals 34-32.

“There were times that the girls played so well and then there were a few times when they seemed to lose all of their focus, such as during the first game when we had at least three missed serves when we were on game point,” said Spirit Lake coach Kolette Delperdang.

Sibley-Ocheyedan used the momentum from the win to dominate the second game 25-13.

“After losing the first game we came out pretty flat in game two and struggled with our confidence and mental toughness,” said Delperdang. “Sibley-Ocheyedan was not giving us anything tough such as a fast tempo game or a variety of hitters. We knew where the set was going most of the time but had trouble getting anything going. “

However, senior middle hitter Amber Kirschbaum entered the play in the third game to spark the Indians.

“Game three was a struggle too and I finally put Amber in for the first time this year,” said Delperdang. “It was incredible to see the change in momentum in the match just by her mere presence on the floor. She came in fired up ready to play. She made a couple great blocks and attacks right away. Our players started hitting harder and hustling.”

The Indians kept the momentum in game four and won 25-20, but the Generals came out on top in the final game 15-13.

For the evening, Sara Martinson had a team-high 11 kills while Ashley Colwell and Kori Heidebrink each had 10, Andrea Bakker had eight and Kirschbaum had six.

Alex Horsman had 16 set assists and Heidebrink had 12.

Kylie Stoll led the defense with 26 digs and Caila Jones had 15. Kirschbaum had a team-high three blocks.

Serving, Colwell was 19-for-20 with four aces. Horsman was 13-for-14 with three aces and Kirschbaum was 13-for-13 with two aces.

Spirit Lake (2-3) hosts the Spirit Lake Tournament on Saturday.