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Timberwolves Defeat BDS To Win 2010 CRC Tournament

By GREG SCELLIN Signal Editor

One area team found itself on familiar ground Thursday night at the York City Auditorium and another local squad found itself in some new territory.

In the end it was the old pros doing what they do best—hoisting the hardware at the end of the Crossroads Conference (CRC) Volleyball Tournament, as 26-1 Exeter-Milligan defeated 22-4 Bruning-Davenport/Shickley in four sets to win the tourney's championship. The 25-16, 25-17, 22-25, 25-17 Timberwolf victory was E-M's second straight CRC crown and the sixth time in the past seven years that the Timberwolves have won the CRC Volleyball Tournament.

E-M is also 2-0 against BDS, a team it could face again in an upcoming district final, this season. The first-year co-op Eagles play in the D1-1 Sub-district in Beatrice and the Timberwolves will compete in the D1-2 Sub-district in York.

"I know the girls probably wanted to play a little better in this match tonight, but I know they really wanted to win," E-M coach Darcy White said. "After winning the first two sets, maybe you relax too much. I think these two teams represented Fillmore County and all their communities very well."

After dropping the first two sets, BDS, which was playing in its first-ever CRC Volleyball Tournament (Bruning-Davenport formally competed in the Twin Valley Conference) showed its heart and captured the third set. The Eagles were also within three points midway through set No. 4.

"Their middles are very good and when we got down, we started to believe that maybe we couldn't beat them," BDS coach Dan Sorge said. "When we were able to get our hands on the ball, things came easier for us. We were able to put a little of the pressure back on them.

"In the end, we gave them entirely too many free balls and our serve receive broke down. We tried some things different tonight and it didn't work out. I'm not taking anything away from them, we just didn't pass the ball and didn't play as well as we are capable of."

The Eagles trailed 13-10 in the fourth set before a Claire White serve snuck over the net and teammate Heather Pribyl slammed a kill. The Timberwolves served up 14 aces in the triumph and Pribyl thumped a game-high 19 terminations for the winners. Two BDS errors later and state-rated No. 1-2 E-M never looked back.

"I think it was the Heather Pribyl show tonight," White said. "Heather only had one hitting error tonight and that one was when she was being really aggressive.

"I think we had 17 errors in the third set and that was disappointing. It's hard to win with that many errors. We shot ourselves in the foot with serving errors, too. After the third set is the first time all year I've seen any nerves out of my girls."

In the end it was too much offense from E-M—White smacked nine kills and Caroline Harre added six terminations; Taylor Erdkamp pounded four ace serves and Cassie Harre and Jackie Luzum both smacked three ace serves; and Kelsey Moore and Erdkamp tallied 19 and 16 assists, respectively.

Shelby Garland paced the state-rated No. 6-7 BDS offense with 11 kills and MaKaleigh Yantzie and Erika Schroeder added seven and six terminations, respectively. Whitney Walters tallied eight assists for the Eagles and Ashley Hinrichs added seven. Walters also smacked three ace serves and Garland posted 21 digs. Kaitlyn Krupicka tallied four ace blocks.

"I think we played well and maybe this will serve as a reality check for our girls," Sorge said. "We need to regroup a little bit. We have three good teams in our sub-district. Maybe, we can meet up again with them (E-M) in the district final.

"These girls have really come together and they've worked hard all year. I'm impressed on how well they get along."

Taylor Slezak smacked two kills and added three ace sets for the Timberwolves in the championship final. Cassie Harre led the defense with eight digs and Moore added six. Pribyl and Jennifer Pribyl both recorded an ace block.

E-M 25-16, 25-13, 25-20 over Shelby/Rising City

White smacked 10 kills in the win and H. Pribyl added nine terminations. Megan Zwickl hit five kills and Caroline Harre added four in the CRC semi-final win

Moore tallied 12 assists and Erdkamp posted 10. Moore smacked two aces and H. Pribyl and Caroline Harre both notched two ace blocks. Cassie Harre recorded 14 digs and White tallied nine.

E-M 25-14, 25-22, 25-19 over High Plains

White crunched 18 kills against the Storm and H. Pribyl added 15 terminations. Luzum and Zwickl both added four kills in the opening-round CRC victory.

Moore posted 20 ace sets and Erdkamp added 15. Zwickl recorded three assists. Cassie Harre and White paced the defense with nine digs. Luzum added seven digs and Zwickl posted two ace blocks.

BDS 18-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-13 over Meridian

The Eagles avenged an early-season loss with a four-set win over the Mustangs in a CRC semi-final match. Garland hammered 15 kills in the triumph and Schroeder smacked 12. Yantzie was also in double-digit kills with 11. Both Walters and Hinrichs tallied 13 ace sets on Tuesday.

Garland smacked two ace serves against Meridian and came up with 34 digs. Yantzie tallied 14 digs in the win. Taylor Houck, Krupicka and Caressa Reinsch all came up with three ace blocks.

BDS 15-25, 25-12, 25-16, 25-21 over Giltner

Yantzie blasted 13 kills against the Hornets and Garland added 12 terminations. Schroeder and Krupicka both added a half-dozen kills in the CRC opening-round win. Hinrichs and Walters both tallied 13 assists in the match.

Garland laced down five ace serves and Hinrichs added four. Both Yantzie and Garland tallied 27 digs. Hinrichs added 11 digs. Krupicka recorded six ace blocks and Houck added four.