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November 4, 2013

North Mahaska spikers regional run ends

SIGOURNEY — The North Mahaska volleyball team reached the Class 1A regional semifinals by downing Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars, but Friday night in Sigourney their postseason run came to an end at the hands of ninth-ranked Winfield-Mount Union. The Wolves downed the Warhawks 3-0 by the scores of 26-24, 25-17, and 25-20.

North Mahaska closes out its season at 14-12.

After WMU jumped out to a 3-0 lead, the Warhawks outplayed them until the midpoint of game one. The point won at 6-5 by North Mahaska was one of the best of the night. The Warhawks received a hard serve, popped the ball up and, after it hit off a suspended basketball basket, it was returned over by a player running full speed away from the net.

That seemed to fire up North Mahaska and a four-point service run by Rachel Sherburne followed to give her team a 10-5 lead. The serving of Jordan Ferguson and a down-the-line kill by Nicole Brand increased the Warhawk lead to 14-6.

Three kills and a block winner by Erica Robison helped the Wolves to pull even at 16.

“We just quit attacking,” said North Mahaska coach Jim Woods.

After Sherburne’s kill gave the lead back to the Warhawks, it served as an impetus for North Mahaska to again pull ahead at 23-20. The Wolves used a block for a winner by Samantha Jamison to tie it at 23, then used three consecutive kills to break a 24-all tie to win game one.

In game two, North Mahaska jumped out to the early lead. A block for a winner by Michaela Heys, two big hits by Sherburne, and a block winner by Carly Ehret helped North Mahaska lead 10-5.

Then the hitting of WMU took control of the game and helped the Wolves eventually take control of game two. After a quiet start to the match, Shelby Therme’s hitting led WMU back. Her fourth kill gave WMU a 15-12 lead.

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