WYOMING — The fifth set was the first clue, but when determining how close the Calamus-Wheatland volleyball team’s visit to Tri-Rivers East rival Midland was, all you need to do is check the total points.
With all five sets in the book, the Warriors scored 103 points Thursday night. The hosting Eagles? 104.
And along with the total points, Midland also enjoyed a small advantage on the scoreboard, breaking a trend of alternating set victories in a 19-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-21, 15-10 win.
After the Warriors’ six-point triumph in the opening set, the remaining three games were decided by five points or fewer. Midland knotted the matchup with a three-point win in set two only to see the Warriors regain the match lead with a 25-20 victory in the third set.
The Eagles, though, responded again, taking the fourth set by four points and then breaking the pattern by taking the fifth set as well for the overall victory.
Not surprisingly, the match totals look very similar. Midland had five more kills (47-42) and five more aces (14-9), the Warriors countered with three more digs (131-128) and one more block (5-4).
Junior libero Olivia Ganzer led the defensive charge, amassing 36 digs in the match. Addy Widel and Alyssa McElmeel added 22 and 21 digs, respectively, while Alison Boeckmann (16), Taylor Jacobsen (13) and Alexis Clark (11) also reached double figures in the category.
McElmeel accounted for nearly half (17) of the team’s 42 digs with Anne Tulley adding nine of her own. Boeckmann and Jacobsen, meanwhile, each dished out 17 assists.
Jacobsen served up three aces for good measure, while Clark had two.
It was the second conference meeting in three days for the Warriors, who wrapped up their home slate Tuesday with a visit from Marquette Catholic.
Cal-Wheat struck first, taking the first set 25-17, but the Mohawks took over from there, winning each of the next three sets for a 17-25, 25-11, 25-20, 25-23 victory.
Five different Warriors had at least 11 digs with Widel leading the way with 20. Ganzer added 15, while McElmeel had 14, Boeckmann 13 and Jacobsen 11. McElmeel (12) and Widel (nine) combined for 21 of the team’s 35 kills. Kahlie Hill and Boeckmann added four kills apiece with the latter also leading the team with 15 assists.