Lady Apax down Manchester

Wabash's Brooke Irgang throws up a serve in Thursday, Aug. 30's matchup. Photo by Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen

Wabash won all three sets, but Manchester kept it close in each set, in a 25-17, 25-19, 25-15 Apache win Thursday, Aug. 30.

Both head coaches felt their teams didn't play to their potential.

“We didn't play our best,” Wabash coach Katie Cromer said. “We had too many unforced errors. Manchester was aggressive, and they pushed us.”

Manchester coach Melissa West felt her team went out ready, but also said they may have been too ready.

“We came out wound tightly,” she said. “We were hyped up, and I like that energy.

“We need to learn to manage that energy.”

Manchester took an early 8-5 lead, but the Apaches tied it up at 8-8. The Squires responded with five straight points, then Wabash answered to pull out the first set 25-17.

Wabash led the entire second set to take it 25-19, followed by a close third set with the Apaches taking a 6-0 lead, Manchester closing it to 10-9, before Wabash ran away with the 25-15 win.

“We need to be tested, but we also need to focus on playing our best in every match,” Cromer said.

Brooke Irgang led Wabash with 16 points, 25 assists, 13 digs and five aces.

Defensively, Kenzie Hayslett had 21 receptions and 27 digs, along with five points. Sam Irgang added seven points and nine kills, while Tabby Wagner had 10 points and eight kills.

For Manchester, Kyrsten Eackright led with seven points, followed by Emma West with six, Kendra Kline with five, and Zoey Ream with four.

Evan Bazzoni and Kennedy Lauer each had three kills, while Kline led the way with five assists.

West led the defense with 11 digs, followed by Bazzoni with nine, Ali Sites and Kline with seven each, and Zoey Ream with six.

Wabash improves to 8-1 on the season and 2-0 in Three Rivers Conference play, while Manchester drops to  8-4 and 2-1 in the TRC.

Posted on 2018 Sep 04