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9/29/2012 Email this articlePrint this article 
Central junior Katie Irwin looks to tip the ball over the net during the third game of the Sabers’ 15-25, 25-14, 25-20, 17-25, 15-10 win over Western Dubuque, Tuesday night. Irwin had 19 kills, 19 digs and a block in the win, while teammate Cori Peterzalek (crouched) added 20 kills, 22 digs and five aces. Photos by Ross Eberhart
Central volleyball players Lexi Delaney (14) and Noelle Feldpausch (6) leap for a block during Tuesday night’s match with Western Dubuque, while teammate Mackenzie Kuehn backs them up. Delaney and Kuehn combined to assist on 46 Saber kills during the match, while Feldpausch led the team with five blocks to go with five kills.
Sabers strike last in five-game win over Bobcats

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

Momentum proved to be a difficult thing to pin down for the Central and Western Dubuque volleyball teams during Tuesday night's WaMaC East meeting between the two squads.

Both the Sabers and Bobcats seemed poised to take control of the match during different points of the night, but each time the other team responded.

Not surprisingly, a fifth and deciding game was needed to determine a winner and it was there that the Sabers shined one final time to pick up a 15-25, 25-14, 25-20, 17-25, 15-10 victory.

"It was easily our most complete match as a team since beating Maquoketa in the early season," Central head coach Peggy Kuehn said. "I want to acknowledge our crowd support and student section for the last two home matches - the student body really gave us the feel of a home court advantage over Western Dubuque and many times that is critical in a five-game match."

It was Western Dubuque, who made the first surge as the Bobcats took game one with a 10-point victory.

The game was tight through the early going and Central was within three at 17-14, but the Sabers would score just once more (Cori Peterzalek hit a kill) and the Bobcats finished off game one with an 8-1 run.

The momentum that Western Dubuque might have picked up from the strong opening, dissipated quickly in game two as Central jumped out to a 9-3 lead.

The Bobcats scored first, but Lexi Delaney notched a kill for the Sabers and Central took the lead on a Western Dubuque error.

A side-out tied the game again, but a Sam Barr block sandwiched between a pair of Bobcat mishits made it 5-2 Sabers.

Western Dubuque stopped the mini run, only to see Central reel off another one. The Bobcats were called for an infraction and Peterzalek put down a kill before two-straight Delaney aces pushed the lead to six and forced a timeout.

The break in the action did its job initially as Western Dubuque collected back-to-back points, but the Sabers followed with another run - Barr hit consecutive kills and the Bobcats were called for another infraction before three-straight Peterzalek aces to cap off a 6-0 stretch.

Western Dubuque ended the run with a side-out, but the Sabers continued to stretch their advantage as Central scored three out of the next four points with each tally coming on a Katie Irwin kill.

The Sabers notched just two more kills in the game (Peterzalek had both), but earned five other points on Western Dubuque mistakes, and the result was a 25-14 victory.

With an easy victory for both sides, the third game had plenty of intrigue and, sure enough, it proved to be the closest of the night.

Central jumped out front first, scoring the opening three points on a pair of errors and an Irwin kill.

The Bobcats pulled within one three times in the early going and finally tied things up 9-9.

It did not stay deadlocked for long as the Sabers used kills by Ellie Ladehoff and Irwin (who had two) to push the lead back to three.

The lead got as high as four before a 4-1 push by Western Dubuque pulled the Bobcats within one.

A serve into the net ended the run and the two teams traded points until Western Dubuque tied things up again at 18-18 to force a Central timeout.

The Bobcats scored the next point after the timeout for their first lead of the game, but Barr tied things up right away with a kill, and Stephanie Schrader put the Sabers back in front with an ace.

The ensuing attack attempt by the Bobcats was blocked by Noelle Feldpausch, and Irwin smacked a kill before a Bobcat spike went long to make it 23-19 Sabers.

Western Dubuque got the side-out they needed to end the run, but Irwin dialed up another kill and the Bobcats hit a ball out of bounds to give Central the five-point victory.

With two-straight games under their belt, the Sabers appeared to be the team with all the momentum, and for the first part of game four that looked to be the case.

Central trailed 5-2 early, but took advantage of three Bobcat mistakes to pull within one. Western Dubuque pushed the lead to two, but four-straight Saber points (Peterzalek and Irwin had kills with the former adding an ace, and the final point coming on a Bobcat infraction) put Central in front 9-7.

The two teams traded the next two points before Western Dubuque took control of the game with a mammoth 9-0 run to turn the two-point deficit into a 17-10 lead.

Central used a small push to get back within five, but Western Dubuque answered with five unanswered points to go up by 10.

One final Central comeback attempt (Feldpausch had an ace and the Sabers took advantage of three Bobcat errors) put a dent into the lead, but Western Dubuque held on for the 25-17 win to force a game five.

With the momentum seemingly back with visitors, the Sabers fought back with a vengeance in the final game.

Central scored the first point of the contest with a block and Irwin added kills with Mackenzie Kuehn serving up an ace in between to put the Sabers up 4-0 early.

"Game fives to 15 points are always tough," Kuehn said. "Getting an early lead is critical."

Western Dubuque came back with two points and then answered a Saber side-out with one of their own to stay within two.

The Sabers, though, got three-straight kills from Peterzalek, Feldpausch and Barr, respectively, and it was 8-3.

Western Dubuque made another push, scoring five of the next seven points (Peterzalek had a pair of kills for Central) to cut the lead down to two once more.

Two-straight Central points were answered by two points by the Bobcats and it was 12-10. Feldpausch, though, gave Central a big side-out with a block and Irwin put the finishing touches on the win with the final two kills.

Peterzalek (20) and Irwin (19) combined for 39 kills in the match with Feldpausch and Barr both adding five.

"It was nice to see both of our left side hitters finally get the kills and kill efficiency we are looking for," Kuehn said. "This showed why we need Katie and Cori on the left side."

Delaney assisted on 26 of the kills with Kuehn adding 20 assists of her own.

Schrader led the Saber defense with 27 digs with Peterzalek adding 22 and Irwin 19. Kuehn had seven in the match.

Feldpausch paced the Sabers at the net with five blocks with Delaney and Barr coming through with three each.

Peterzalek served up five aces with Kuehn and Delaney coming up with three apiece and Schrader two.

The match was the fifth in the span of a week for the Sabers, who battled state-ranked Solon on Thursday before heading to Monticello for a tournament on Saturday.

The seventh-ranked Spartans proved to be too tall a task for the Sabers as Solon earned a victory on their home floor with a 25-10, 25-15, 25-19 victory.

Peterzalek led the way for the Sabers with eight kills during the match, while Barr added six and Feldpausch and Irwin four each.

Delaney Brainerd and Kuehn both had 10 assists with Irwin leading the team with 15 digs (Peterzalek added 13 and Schrader 11) and two aces.

Two days later, the Sabers found themselves taking on more ranked squads during pool play at the Monticello Invitational.

Central ended up going 0-3 in its matches against Linn-Mar, Maquoketa and Marquette Catholic.

The closest match came against the Lions of MVC as Central dropped the first game 21-15, but came back and won the second 21-12 to force a third game to 15.

Both teams ended up surpassing that total, but it was Linn-Mar, who brought home an 18-16 win.

Irwin had nine kills in the match and also led the Sabers with 16 digs. Barr and Peterzalek added four kills apiece with the former also leading the team with two blocks and the latter notching 14 digs.

Kuehn had 11 assists in the match with Delaney adding 10. Schrader had 10 digs in the contest.

The Sabers also had tight matches with both the Cardinals and Mohawks, but came up empty in each.

The Sabers fell to their WaMaC East rivals by a 21-16, 21-12 score and dropped their match with Marquette 21-18, 21-16.

Peterzalek and Feldpausch each had four kills against Maquoketa, while Delaney and Kuehn combined for 11 assists and Schrader led the team with 11 digs.

Delaney had four kills in the match with Marquette, with Irwin and Barr coming up with three each. Kuehn had eight assists in the match, while Peterzalek and Irwin had 11 and 10 digs, respectively, and Feldpausch had an ace.

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