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By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels win first volleyball game of the new season


September 5, 2019

Bethany Helwig

Rebels' Skyla Thompson jumps for a spike against the Jaguars.

In their first game of the season, the Rebels came out on top against the Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars on August 27. The game went for five sets with the Rebels and Jaguars trading set wins until the Rebels secured the win in the fifth set.

In the first set, it took the Rebels some time to find their footing, initially trailing the Jaguars 4-10. DonnaMae Smith for the Rebels made several excellent saves on wild balls while Maddy Prachar and Ellen Anderson made impressive blocks at the net. The Rebels rallied to tie up with the Jaguars, trading points until the Jaguars won the first set 25-27.

At the beginning of the second set, Smith had an 8-point serving streak followed up by a serving run from ninth-grader Sarah Christy. The Jaguars returned with a short serving run before Rebels' Maddy Prachar came up for a series of hard, low-bomb serves. Jaguars called a timeout to try to turn the tide, but the Rebels went on to win the set 25-7.

The third set started with another serving streak by Smith that ended with a failed block by the Rebels on a return. The Rebels quickly got the ball back, and Anderson made a killer spike to bring the Rebels to 16-4. The Jaguars managed to make a comeback with two serving streaks by their number 4 and 6 players. The Rebels called a timeout to cool their opponents' heels as the score came up to 23-20. The intensity came to a boil, but the Rebels came out with their second win with 25-22.

Bethany Helwig

Rebels' DonnaMae Smith in mid-jump for her serve.

The fourth set saw the Jaguars come back with a vengeance, with strong serves by their number 4 and 6 players once again. Smith made an impressive save on a wild ball, but the Rebels couldn't keep up with the serving power. Jaguars went on to win the set 11-25.

Both teams went into the final set with two wins each. Christy was first to serve for a series of points, and Anderson made another killer spike. Prachar went on another serving spree, forcing the Jaguars to take another timeout. Rebels went on to win the set 15-9, and with that, the game.

DonnaMae Smith ended with 8 aces, 33 set assists, and 2 kills; Maddy Prachar had 10 kills, 4 aces, 2 blocks, and 10 digs; Ellen Anderson had 13 kills and 2 blocks; and Ally Jensen-Fitchner had an impressive 27 digs, catching many of the hard serves from the Jaguars.


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