Versailles improves to 32-1 in last 33 matches, sweeps Minster

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Versailles 3, Minster 0

The Minster volleyball team was caught on the tracks of a
runaway locomotive Thursday and there was nothing it could do about it. The locomotive was named Versailles and the Tigers rolled to
their fifth win of the season 25-20, 25-15 and 25-16. The victory improved Versailles to 32-1 in its last 33
matches. The Tigers trailed exactly once and except for a few moments totally dominated.


MINSTER – The Minster volleyball team was caught on the
tracks of a runaway locomotive Thursday and there was nothing it could do
about it.

The locomotive was named Versailles and the Tigers rolled to
their fifth win of the season 25-20, 25-15 and 25-16.  The victory improved Versailles to 32-1 in its last 33
matches

The Tigers trailed exactly once, 6-1 in
game three, and except for a few moments totally dominated.

Led by the dynamic senior duo of Emily Bohman and Justine
Raterman, Versailles controlled the net and consequently the match. Bohman had
six kills, 10 digs, eight serve receptions, nine points and two aces. Raterman
recorded 15 kills, 10 assists and seven blocks. Although the numbers were
impressive it was nothing out of the ordinary for this pair.

“We have been blessed,” Versailles coach Jeremy Riley noted.
“We knew they were going to be stars as eighth graders. As freshmen we took
them to varsity camp and they started on team that ended up in regional as freshmen.”

The tone of the match was set early.

With the score at 4-2 in the first game, the Tigers already
had four blocks. There was little doubt Minster was being forced away from the
net and on its heels.

However, doing what Minster does, the Wildcats continued to
battle. Down 13-6 freshman Erica Fullenkamp provided a spark with her jump
serve. Fullenkamp recorded three straight points and got her team back in the
game at 14-9.

From there Minster frustrated Versailles by simply keeping
the ball in play. Knowing the net had been taken away, Minster coach Jennifer
Craft’s crew picked their spots and was able to close the gap to 23-21.

Versailles’ Megan Campbell pushed her team to game point and
eventually the Tigers took game one 25-22.

“Minster is a scrappy team and I don’t think I have seen a
better service return team then that,” Riley said.

When the two teams came back on the court for game two, the
locomotive was in full gear. Versailles took a 9-3 advantage and never looked
back. With every rotation the advantage grew larger, eventually reaching 20-8
before Minster could slow things down. However, it was much too little and much
too late as the Tigers took control with a 25-15 game two victory.

Perhaps feeling a little bit too comfortable Versailles got
caught in a mini tidal wave in game three.

The ‘Cats roared to a 6-1 lead, but it was a very short
lived burst. The Tigers’ Shelby Shimp served her team to a 6-6 tie, starting a
run that saw Versailles outscore Minster 24-10.

After the game went back and forth for a few service points,
Versailles made a move and took the lead for good at 10-9. From there they just
ran away, taking game three 25-16 and the match 3-0.

It was the 10th consecutive MAC win for the Tigers dating
back to last season.

“We needed to get pushed tonight,” Riley said. “We have a
nine person rotation and three of those are sophomores, but they are coming and
they are aggressive. The older girls are really taking the younger ones under
their wings and forcing them to play like varsity players.”

 

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