Apaches run away from Squires in TRC volleyball match-up

By Eric Christiansen

NORTH MANCHESTER -- It started with a marathon first set, but the Wabash Apache volleyball team sprinted to the finish line against the Manchester Squires with a 31-29, 25-21, 25-9 win.

The first set was a back-and-forth affair with eight lead changes, with the Apaches' biggest lead at 12-7, while Manchester's largest advantage was 20-18.

Wabash controlled the first half of the set, but the Squires went on a 5-1 run to tie things up at 16-16. The Apaches took the lead at 19-17 Manchester tied it up again at 20-20.

Wabash had two set points with a 24-22 lead, but a service winner from Manchester's Sydney Day gave the Squires a 25-24 lead.

Wabash had five more set points before they won the last two points to clinch the first 31-29.

In the second set, the Apaches raced out to a 6-1 lead on the heels of Brooke Irgang's three aces, but the Squires went on an 8-0 run for a 9-6 lead.

Wabash went on a run of their own to take an 18-15 lead, but Manchester didn't back down, using  a tip winner from Cierra Carter and a kill from Kennedy Rosen to tie it up at 21-21.

But two kills from Alexis Hartley helped the Apaches take the second set 25-21.

The third set was all Wabash as they raced out to an 11-1 lead and cruised to a 25-9 win.

For the Apaches, Jaycee Parrett had 13 points, 19 assists and 10 digs, while Brooke Irgang had eight points, six kills, and 27 digs.

Lexi Hartley had 26 digs and nine kills, and Kaitlyn Dowdal had 20 digs and 10 points.

Manchester was led by Carter with eight kills and 21 digs, Rosen with six kills and five digs, Day with three kills and 10 digs, Kendra Auler with 16 assists and eight digs, Emma West with 20 digs, while Paige Wagoner had four digs.

Wabash improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The Lady Apaches will host Northfield on Thursday in another TRC match-up.

Manchester dropped to 4-7 and 1-1 in the TRC with the loss. The Lady Squires will not be in action until they travel to Fort Wayne Canterbury on Sept. 13.

Posted on 2016 Sep 06