No. 2 ranked Verailles ends regular season on high note; Tigers enter tourney one of the favorites

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Versailles 3, Coldwater 0
The Lady Tigers look ready for the tournament. With a
No. 1 seed in hand, Versailles won its last two regular season matches
this week downing Parkway Tuesday and Coldwater 25-17, 25-17 and 25-20
on Thursday. The Tigers end the season 20-2 and head into the sectional
as one of the state favorites in Division III. The Tigers are ranked
No. 2 in the state poll.


VERSAILLES – The Lady Tigers look ready for the tournament. With a
No. 1 seed in hand, Versailles won its last two regular season matches
this week downing Parkway Tuesday and Coldwater 25-17, 25-17 and 25-20
on Thursday. The Tigers end the season 20-2 and head into the sectional
as one of the state favorites in Division III. The Tigers are ranked
No. 2 in the state poll.

“I told the girls that was the first
time we have been firing on all cylinders since the Lehman game,”
Versailles coach Jeremy Riley said. “It was really nice to see that
team again especially on senior and parents’ night.”

As it has been all year, the difference in this contest was the
Tigers front row. The trio made up of seniors Justine Raterman, Emily
Bohman and sophomore Megan Campbell have been dominating the entire
season and that was no difference in this contest.

Raterman finished her regular season career with 10 kills, 13
assists and five blocks. Bohman recorded 10 kills and two blocks, while
Campbell led the team with 12 kills and also got three blocks. They
made life miserable for the Cavs the entire night.

It all started in the first game when Versailles established its
quick transition game. Able to offset the aggressive service game of
Coldwater, the Tigers took over the net and started raining down the
kills. Making things even more difficult on the Cavs was an addition to
the trio, Taylor Ording. The sophomore recorded three kills in game
one, along with Campbell’s five.

In the end the first game was never a contest as Versailles took an 11-5 advantage and cruised to a 25-17 victory.

Now the tone was set and if Coldwater had any chance in the match
they would have to find a way to offset the Tigers’ hitting and get
Kelly Lefeld involved. Coming into the contest she was averaging nearly
five kills per game, but was finding things very difficult against the
Tigers blockers.

Things didn’t get much easier in the second game, but Ali Wenning
was able to take some pressure off Lefeld and create another option in
the Cav attack. The problem facing Coldwater was deciphering which
Tiger hitter was taking their turn and how to stop them.

After seeing two sophomores control the first game it was back to
the senior duo in the second game for Riley’s crew. Riding the play of
the Bohman and Raterman, Versailles went on a run and again put the
game away.

Down 10-11 Shelby Bey served her team to a 15-12 advantage and the
Tigers never looked back. They outscored Coldwater 10-5 winning the
second game 25-17 and taking control of the match at 2-0.

Looking to send the three seniors, that included Bohman, Raterman
and Joelle Knapke out in style, Versailles remained focused on the task
at hand.

The third game went a lot like the second as Coldwater hung around,
but eventually Versailles went on a run and the Cavs had no answer.
Holding an 8-6 lead, the Tigers made it 13-8 and never looked back.

Knapke notched a couple of crucial kills and Raterman and Bohman
kept doing their thing. Eventually, Versailles got to 25 and took the
game 25-20 and the match 3-0.

Versailles will now take the weekend off and begin preparing for the upcoming tournament according to Riley.

“We are taking the weekend off and I want the girls to be girls and
not even think about volleyball until Monday when we come back and open
the tournament on Tuesday” noted Riley.

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