The Albia Lady Dee volleyball team appeared to have things in control in the fourth set against a big, talented Centerville team, leading 18-13. The Redettes called time out and Albia made nine straight errors and Centerville scored on two blocks to win the set 25-20, tying the set score and sending the match to the fifth game.
Talk about a turn-around. The Dees where knotted at 5-5 when they went on a scoring tear, not because of Centerville errors, but because of dominant, aggressive play.
Jenna Gronewold started it with a kill. Then Maia Paxton dug out a near kill by Kyla Moore, Emma Wenger short set Gronewold and she pounded a ball into the court floor for a kill. Centerville tied the score at seven, then Gronewold hit a dink for a point and made a kill. Sophie Waber had two ace serves, Gronewold killed again and Waber made it 13-7 with an ace.
Ysabella Berja stopped the bleeding with a nice kill shot but Sydney Hoskins scored on a back row kill and Moore hit out of bounds to give Albia a 15-8 set win and a 3-2 match victory over Centerville.
You really couldn’t have had a closer match between two South Central Conference teams that were completely different in make-up. Centerville sent six seniors out on to the court with three 5’11” to 6’0” players in the front row at any given time. Albia’s tallest player, sophomore Addy Halstead, is 5’11”. And there’s one of her. The Dees also started with two juniors, three sophomores and a freshman in the line-up.
But Albia’s mobile group of young players kept the team in the fray throughout.
A pair of Gronewold ace serves in the first set gave Albia a 6-4 lead, but Centerville outscored Albia 13-7 over the next few rotations.
Down 19-14, the Dees roared back; Adelina Curiel scoring on an ace, Gronewold making two kills and Waber with a kill to close the gap to 22-20. A Centerville error and another kill by Waber making it 24-23, and a short set kill by Halstead tied the score at 24. Two straight errors by Centerville gave Albia the 26-24 win.
In the second set, it was just as close and Albia fell behind 18-13 after tying the set at 10-10 with another Curiel ace. The Redettes went up 24-20 on a kill by Moore, Albia closed to within two, 24-22 on a kill by Hoskins, but an Albia error gave Centerville the 25-22 win.
The third set neither team led by more than three the entire way. A serving ace by Waber tied the set at 18-18, a kill by Gronewold made it 20-19 and a Brooklyn Powless ace serve gave Albia a 21-19 lead. Gronewold scored on a kill and Centerville’s Rachel George returned the favor, but the Redettes were penalized and lost the ball on a substitution error. Gronewold aced out the set to give Albia a 25-22 win.
Hoskins and Halstead started an Albia rally with kills after a 10-10 tie. The lead reached 18-13 on two straight Waber serving aces, but the roof caved in on Albia after that. The Dees had eight straight errors by seven different players letting Centerville take a 23-20 lead. Blocks by Claire George and Moore ended the set.
Statistically, Gronewold led in kills with 12 followed by Hoskins, 9, Halstead 7, Waber 7, Beary 5, Wenger 2 and Curiel 1. Wenger had 33 assists.
Defensively, Wenger had 22 digs, Waber 22, Curiel 21, Beary 12, Paxton 8, Hoskins 6, Powless and Gronewold 2 and Halstead 1.
Beary continued to be perfect on the season serving going 18-18 with 3 aces. Waber was 24-24 with 4 aces, Wenger was 14-14 with an ace, Gronewold was 13-14 with an ace, Hoskins was 11-15 with 2 aces, Curiel was 10-13 with two aces, Maggy Spurgin was 6-7 and Brooklyn Powless was 3-3 with an ace.
As a team, Albia served at 91.7 percent