by Gary Andrews
The Manchester volleyball team competed in the Elwood Invite Saturday, going 1-3 on the day.
Manchester’s first match up of the day was against Danville, falling 12-25, 15-25. The lady Squires had two aces, one by Cali Spann and the other by Kendra Binkley. Marret Metzger led the team with nine digs. Freshman setter Rae Bedke had seven assists. Both Sydney Snep and Cierra Carter finished the game with three kill each. Binkley and Corrie Osborne each had two kills.
The second opponent of the day was Elwood. Manchester fell in two 23-25, 14-25. Marret Metzger and Rae Bedke each provided an ace. Snep led the team with four kills followed by Kendra Binkley with three. Kaitlyn Parrett had a kill out of the back row. Metzger dug up a total of 17 attacks and had help from Kaitlyn Parrett and Ellie Milam, eight and seven digs respectively. Corrie Osborne and Rae Bedke provided the Squires only block against the Wildcats.
Game three was against Southern Wells, with the Squires logging their first win of the day. Manchester took game one 25-24, fell in game two 21-25, before pulling out game three 15-13. Metzger had three aces in her two long runs of serving. Freshman Rae Bedke and Cierra Carter also had an ace a piece. Metzger also ran the back row with a total of 22 digs, Parrett had eight, Milam and Carter each had six. Cali Spann, Bedke, and Madison Isbell all followed with four. In hitting, Kendra Binkley led the team with seven kills followed closely by Madison Isbell with six kills. Leah Sorg provided three kills as did Sydney Snep. Bedke dished out 14 assists as well. Both middles, Corrie Osborne and Kendra Binkley, had a solo block. Binkley had three more block assists with two from Isbell, one from Bedke, and another block assist by Osborne.
The last game after the pool play put us against the other third place team in the opposite pool, Tipton. The Lady Squires fell in two after a long day of volleyball, 17-25, 19-25. In this final game Manchester had two aces, one each from Snep and Metzger. Carter led the team this with eight digs, followed by Spann and Bedke with six a piece, Metzger and Parret provided five digs. Binkley had two solo blocks and a block assist with Isbell. Assist came from Bedke, who had 12, while Metzger helped with one assist. Milam and Kiana Gillum both hit a kill from the back row while in the front row Carter, Binkley, and Osborne all had three kills. Snep and Isbell had two each as well.
“Overall, a good first day. It’s unfortunate that the start of the season is a tournament, but after a game to get the jitters out, we continued to improve our play. We have a young team but a good amount of natural talent and ability that we are hoping to continue shaping,” said Coach Brown.