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By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels defeat Vikings 3-2


September 12, 2019

Bethany Helwig

Rebels' Ally Jensen-Fichtner dives to keep the ball alive.

The Rebels won 3-2 against the Cook County Vikings during their first home game of the season on September 5.

During the first set, the Rebels took an early lead which they managed to keep for the entire set. Senior DonnaMae Smith for the Rebels held a serving streak to bring them to 5-1, ending on an overpowered serve that landed out of bounds. Rebels' Ally Jensen-Fichtner, the team's libero (defensive specialist), made a number of impressive dives to save the ball. Seniors Ellen Anderson and Maddy Prachar used their height for successful blocks, and Cook County had trouble defending against Anderson's powerful spikes. Rebels led 20-11 when the Vikings began to creep back up in points. With the score 24-19, Anderson went in with a fake-out spike to tip and win the set.

The beginning of the second set was a trade-off in points from both sides. Rebels' Emily Bohnsack took a blow to the face on an attempted save but brushed it off. The Vikings took the lead, but Bohnsack managed to score with a nice spike. The Rebels weren't able to find their rhythm again for the remainder of the set. Both teams had lots of close hits and misses on the lines until the Vikings took the set 20-25.

The Vikings took the lead once again in the third set before trading points back and forth. An explosive spike from the Rebels literally floored Cook County's number 2. The Rebels lost their momentum and some of their serves went wild. The Vikings took the winning point on a failed spike into the net by Anderson, 16-25.

The Rebels found their stride once again during the fourth set, making a number of good blocks. Jensen-Fichtner kept on her toes (or rather, diving on her knees) to keep the ball alive, rolling and tumbling to get the job done, along with making excellent serves. The Vikings began to make hasty mistakes, touching serves that otherwise would have been out. The Rebels kept the pressure on and led throughout the set. Anderson came back with another powerful spike to win the set 25-8.

The tie-breaking fifth set saw the Vikings making a lot of painful sets on hard serves. The Rebels held a streak until the Vikings began to creep back. After two players from Cook County ran into each other, the game was tied 8-8. The atmosphere grew fervent as the teams traded points, making impressive one-armed saves on wild balls and keeping within one point of each other. The Rebels managed to distance themselves by two points, and Anderson won the set with another powerful spike, 15-12.

Rebels' DonnaMae Smith had 4 ace serves, 35 set assists, and 1 block; Maddy Prachar had 4 ace serves and 6 kills; Ally Jensen-Fichtner had 6 ace serves and 17 digs; Ellen Anderson had 14 kills and 2 blocks; and Emily Bohnsack had 8 kills.


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