VERSAILLES – What looked like would be a cakewalk for the Versailles Lady Tigers grabbing the first set of the night 25-12 over the St. Henry Lady Redskins turned into an old fashion barn burner as the visitors would take Versailles to the wire in a fifth and final game with the Lady Tigers eking out a 3-2 Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC) win.
“When we were able to focus on our games of five and just push forward and not allow them to get in our minds at all. We just keep moving forward as a team,” said Versailles Coach Kenzie Bruggeman. “Those are the games that we won. We were able to win by a 5-8 point margin because we were focused on those little games of five leading up to 20. Very pleased with that.”
Versailles would grab a 9-2 lead in game one and extended its lead to 19-9, including back-to-back aces from Elizabeth Ording.
The Lady Tigers would score the final four points to take game one by a lopsided 21-12 score.
Set two would see eight ties, the last at 14-14 before the Lady Redskins would outscore the home team 11-4 to even the match at 1-1 with a 25-17 win.
Game three had the Lady Tigers taking an early 8-5 advantage only to have St. Henry battle back and knot the score at 8-8, 9-9, 10-10, 11-11, 12-12, 13-13 before taking an 18-16 lead over Versailles.
The Lady Tigers would rebound to even the score at 18-18 bringing a timeout from the Redskins’ bench.
The girls from Versailles would make it a 24-20 game only to have St. Henry charge back to score six unanswered points and take a 2-1 match lead with a 26-24 win.
“Their middles were very effective during those games that we lost,” Bruggeman noted. “They had that quick three ball that we couldn’t quite slow down.”
“There were a couple of different things that they definitely threw at us but we were able to respond well,” added Bruggeman. “We let the games that we lost roll off our back knowing that we needed to take two more from them.”
With their backs against the wall, the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 7-2 game four lead only to have St. Henry go on a 7-0 run to move out to 9-7 advantage.
Versailles would battle back tying the score at 9-9 and 10-10 before settling in to take a 15-11 advantage.
The Lady Redskins would get as close at 17-16 before the Lady Tigers would pull away to even the match at 2-2 with a 25-19 win sending the match to a fifth and final set.
St. Henry would open the final set with a 1-0 lead…even at 1-1 and 2-2 before the Lady Tigers would pull away with leads at 8-3 and 10-4 before winning 15-8 and take the MAC match 3-2.
“Liz Ording killed it,” Bruggeman stated. “She did amazing…Danielle Winner did amazing, our defense was all over the court and that is really important too.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Ellen Peters (L) and Danielle Winner (R) block a spike in Lady Tigers win over Redskins (Gaylen Blosser photo)