NEW ULM - After winning the first two sets fairly handily, the Wabasso volleyball team survived a late run by Minnesota Valley Lutheran to win by a score of 25-12, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21 Thursday in Tomahawk Conference volleyball.
Wabasso took the first set in dominating fashion, using runs of 8-1, 6-1 and 8-2 to take the first set 25-12.
The second set appeared as though it would go the same way. Wabasso led 24-18 before a ferocious surge by MVL cut the lead to one before Wabasso ended the second set.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Wabasso’s Mindy Goblirsch (10) and Chelsey Guetter (8) attempt to block a spike from Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Rachel Olsen (14) Thursday at MVL.
MVL again fell behind in the third set and it appeared as though Wabasso would get the sweep. However, MVL responded with a 9-2 run to take the third set.
"The girls had really good attitudes and even when we were down they held their heads up and kept pounding away," MVL coach Sara Gieseke said.
MVL and Wabasso went back and forth throughout the fourth set, until Wabasso took control by finishing the match with four straight points.
Wabasso senior Kimberly Frank came up big in the fourth set with timely digs, powerful kills and solid serving.
"She (Frank) came in handy there in the end," Wabasso coach Barb Johnson said. "I don't know if she had an error in the fourth game."
Frank ended the match with five service aces and 27 set assists for Wabasso. Chelsey Guetter led Wabasso with 12 kills and five total blocks. Morgan Frank added five blocks, while Ellen Franta and Mindy Goblirsch had eight digs.
Johnson was also pleased with the mental demeanor of her team down the stretch.
"We've been really working on being mentally tough down the stretch," Johnson said. "Today was another good example of how we get up a couple games and then fall behind, but this game we ended up winning."
Gieseke noted solid performances from Carlie Maasz (14 digs), Martha Johnston (31 set assists), Allison Collum (14 digs) and Rylee Weisensel (five blocks) in the loss.
Wabasso improves to 10-4 (4-2) and will play at Lakeview Monday. MVL falls to 6-10 (2-3) and will host Sleepy Eye St. Mary's Tuesday.