Vikings rebound to sweep Delta

By Joe Blystone - For the Enterprise

Evergreen volleyball coach Nichole Thanasiu didn’t say EXACTLY what she said in a second set timeout.

But whatever it was, it got her team’s attention as the Vikings rebounded from an ugly first set loss and a 14-9 deficit in the second to beat Delta 20-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-16 to even their NWOAL record at 1-1 Thursday.

“I think after the timeout we were more focused,” Thanasiu said. “We played like the team that won (an NWOAL title) last year.

“As far as what we talked about, we’ll leave that in our huddle.”

After committing a whopping 14 hitting errors, and giving up two aces to Alyesa Brown and Brooklyn Green in a first set loss, a variety of five Brooklyn Wymer kills placed Delta to a five-point second set lead.

“We had our backs against the wall as far as the league is concerned,” explained Thanasiu. ” We needed to have people step up.”

Scores from Nalmi Brand and McKenna Babcock got the Vikes back to 14-12.

Reagan Rouleau’s cross bumped the lead to 15-12 for the Panthers but Evergreen rang up the next nine points.

Two more Babcock kills, two more from Savannah VanOstrand, a pair of Claire Conrad aces and a bigtime solo block from Nicole Brand highlighted the burst that gave the Vikes a 21-15 lead.

VanOstrand’s second ball bullet and right-side kill ended the set.

A trio of Babcock aces and one each from Nicole Brand and Conrad helped the Vikes run up an 11-2 lead in the third set.

A Wymer ace and two attacks that went awry closed the gap to 11-6, but Maddie Smith’s kill, Conrad’s two-hand push, and yet another ace from Kennedi Keifer restored a 15-6 advantage and the teams basically traded points to a 25-14 Viking win.

Three kills from VanOstrand and three points from Babcock boosted the Vikes to an 8-2 fourth set lead.

Green’s shot from the back row and a Wymer ace got Delta back to 10-8.

Conrad’s second ball kill, two blazers from Babcock and an ace from Cassidy Cook pushed the Vikings up 15-8 and a hammer shot from the middle by Nicole Brand multiplied by three, plus two more shots by VanOstrand – including the set winner from the left side – ended the match.

Delta responded with a road win over Genoa Saturday. Wymer notched 10 kills while Green had eight.

Evergreen travels to Archbold Tuesday for an NWOAL contest. Delta returns to action Monday, Sept. 16 when they visit Ayersville.

By Joe Blystone

For the Enterprise

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