Corey's Corner 10/7
Posted 10/07/15 (Wed)
Welcome back in to Corey’s Corner. This week’s edition is going to be another in-depth look at one matchup, in this case we were in Colfax for a matchup between the Richland Colts and the Hankinson Pirates. The Pirates came in with just two losses on the season, so the Colts had a tall task to try and defend the home court.
In the first set, the Pirates looked like the team that was playing for a state championship just last year. Coach Paulson noted before the game that her two outside hitters Betsy Asp and Paige Benson have the ability to take over a game when they’re in system,and that was the story of set one. Mya Steinwehr did a great job setting up, and the two hitters brought it down with authority. 25-13 Pirates win set one.
Then, things got really fun. We have to give a lot of credit to coach Ron Flesland and the Colts, they improved throughout the game. And that shone through in set 2. Abby Ringdahl notched double digit kills in this game, and she started racking them up in here in the second set. She matched the intensity and strength of the Hankinson outside hitters and it was fun to watch. Still, Hankinson managed to eek out the set win, 25-23.
In set 3, Betsy Asp was out for Hankinson, and so a new rotation emerged that really put a lot of pressure on Paige Benson. She handled it well, generating offensive numbers from the front row and from the service line. This set also saw Jasmin Mauch, an 8th grader, get a lot of front row time for the Pirates as they try to develop her for a premium role later on in her career. The Colts took advantage of a rotation with Abby Myers serve and won set three relatively easily.
Finally we move on to set 4 (the first game i’ve done here at BEK Sports that hasn’t been a three setter) and we got a look at what happens when you have lots of seniors. Lexi Pankow and Bailey German, two senior Pirates, supplemented Benson offensively and powered Hankinson through to a 4 set win. Richland came in with a young varsity team that still has room to grow, as well as talented C-squad and JV teams. So here in the final set, experience prevailed over youthful talent in a really fun game.
Next up on the BEK Sports Network, we’ll be in Oakes form a matchup between the Tornadoes and the Broncos of Lisbon. That one comes your way tomorrow at 7 and you can check out a recap next week in Brian’s Monday Morning Rewind. Then we’re right back in Colfax as the Colts take the field vs Wyndmere-Lidgerwood. So be sure to keep it locked all weekend to the BEK Sports Network.