The Windsor/Stew-Stras volleyball team went to Tuscola on Tuesday, but couldn’t scale that mountain, losing, 26-24, 25-21.
After getting roughed uip early on Monday, the hatchets were in the hunt on Tuesday. However, Tuscola was 2 points better in overtime in the 1st set and 4 points better in the 2nd set.
“We really struggled shutting down their middles tonight,” said WSS coach Ronda Schlechte. “We did serve really aggressive, but 15 hitting errors didn’t help us.”
A tall defensive front from Tuscola was troublesome trying to hit kills without missing. Still WSS was able to get 5 blocks, 2 solo and 6 block assists. They swung for 17 kills and served a solid 8 aces for 30 attack points out of 45 (66.7%).
Mackinzee Reynolds was the chief net threat with 9 kills and 3 block assists for 10.5 attack points. Karlie Bean stepped up with 4 kills and 6 digs. Claire Moomaw was a wall at the net with 2 solo blocks and a block assist to go with 2 kills.
Mackenzie Brown settled in to a hitting spot just in time for the playoffs. She had 3 kills. Hannah Hayes dished 9 assists, but had no kills, despite 2 aces. Brianna Hewing served 2 aces and had 2 block assists.
Anna Schlechte led in court defense with 9 digs, plaus an ace. Lexi Domzalski had an ace and 6 assists. Jessica Rauch had 2 aces.
WSS varsity (17-13) heads to the pre-postseason gauntlet known as the Mt. Pulaski Tourney on Saturday. They have won it, but this year will be more of a challenge.
Tuscola def. WSS, 26-24, 25-21
WSS stats: Mackinzee Reynolds 9 kills, 7 digs, 3 blk asst; H hayes 2 aces, 9 assists, 5 digs; Schlechte 1 ace, 2 assists, 9 digs; Karlie Bean 4 kills, 6 digs; Claire Moomaw 1 kill, 2 blocks, 1 blk asst; Brianna hewing 2 aces, 1 dig, 2 blk asst; Mackenzie Brown 3 kills; Jessica Rauch 2 aces, 1 dig; Lexie Domzalski 1 ace, 6 assists
The WSS JV fell in close sets, 25-23, 25-20
They hit 13 kills, served just 2 aces and had no blocks for 15 attack points out of 43. Rachel Kessler led with 4 kills and Natalie Hayes had 3. Hayes and Makenna Tabor had the only aces.
They dished 10 assists towards the 13 kills. Tabor led with 4 assists. WSS JV scooped just 24 digs. Adi McCray led with 6 and Mariah Hoene had 5. Makenna Tabor had 4.
The WSS JV finished with a record of 12-7.
Tuscola def. WSS, 25-23, 25-20
WSS stats: Rachel Kessler 4 kills, 3 digs; Sydney Tabor 2 kills, 2 digs; Mariah Hoene 1 kill, 5 digs; Makenna Tabor 1 ace, 2 kills, 4 assists, 4 digs; Natalie Hayes 1 ace, 3 kills, 3 digs; Adi McCray 1 assist, 6 digs; Amber Goen 3 assists; Maddie Rincker 2 assists; Taylor Dasenbrock 1 kill, 1 dig