NEW ULM - When a volleyball match goes five sets, a fan of either team can invoke the old adage, "On any given night..."
On Tuesday night, the given went to the Cleveland Clippers as they defeated the New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds 17-25, 25-14, 25-22, 19-25, 16-14.
"It was up and down between the two sides all night," Cathedral coach Stef Dietz said. "The first game we showed a lot, but we didn't finish. You learn from these things and go from there."
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Cathedral’s Karlee Pfaff (10) spikes the ball over Miranda Corrow of Cleveland Tuesday at CHS in New Ulm.
In the first set, the Greyhounds ran to an 8-4 lead, but were then outscored 10-2 by the Clippers and found themselves down 14-10. Then Cathedral went on its best run of the night, outscoring Cleveland 10-0, the finishing touch an ace by Tori Zanke.
But after winning the first set 25-17, the Greyhounds found themselves on the other end of the stick, as the Clippers led most of the second set and finished off Cathedral with a pair of aces from middle hitter Taylor Holicky, Cleveland's most potent offensive threat.
Cathedral fought back from a 16-9 deficit in the third set to eventually knot the game at 17-17 and then took a 20-18 lead courtesy of an unforced Clippers error.
But an ace by Miranda Corrow tied the set at 20-20 and Cleveland eventually won 25-22.
With their backs to the wall, the Greyhounds came back to win set four, dominating after the score was tied at 12-12 and finishing off the Clippers with a kill from MacKinnon Ehlenz to win the set 25-19 and send the match to the finale.
The Greyhounds shot to a 5-1 lead, but landed in a 6-6 tie. Cathedral re-launched to a 12-8 lead, but couldn't hold a 14-13 lead as an unforced error and consecutive aces by Holicky ended the Cathedral home opener on a down note.
For the Greyhounds, Lisa Helget had 14 kills and 11 digs, while Ehlenz had 13 kills. Paige Pautzke had 47 set assists and went 17-for-17 from the service line with an ace, while Karlee Pfaff had seven kills, four aces and six digs. Zanke was 21-for-21 serving with two aces.
The Greyhounds resume play next Tuesday night at home against Springfield at 7 p.m.