Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Madison Memorial back upset bid

The Spartans gained momentum with a 5–0 run that included a huge block from junior Rowan Schreiber, allowing them to go up 22–16. But the Regents responded with another big run. West scored nine of the next 10 points, including eight consecutive points, leading to a 25–23 win.

Most of those points came with the service meant for the Regents.

West coach Ben Spursted said of Hui, “She’s got really good service and she really was there tonight.” “She probably missed a serve or two and was really pushing them deep, so her whole offense was deep. Our main target tonight was to limit the attacks between them as they just have big middle and they did a really good job of pushing them back. “

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Both the teams scored early in the third set and played a 19-all tie. Memorial took control with a 4–0 run that included a tip kill from sophomore Haley Smith to give the Spartans a 23–19 lead. West got within 23-21 after a kill from senior Madeline Arpaci-Duseau, but two straight kills from Memorial senior Nicole Conrad gave the Spartans a 25-21 win and a 2-1 lead.

“We knew we were better than him. We just needed to play our game,” said Jordahl-Barkum as his team bounced back from a second-set loss. “Our focus was on us, not them. Us. We needed to do our best and be better than we were. And that’s what we did, playing with energy, talking to each other, playing as a team and not individually.”

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