MARSHALL?- Extended runs defined Friday's second match at the R/A Facility, where fourth-seeded Central Minnesota Christian defeated fifth-seeded Wabasso 25-18, 25-22, 25-22.
Those runs belonged to CMCS, each in a different set, while the Wabasso Rabbits were unable to piece together a long run to match.
"We didn't get the breaks," Wabasso head coach Barb Johnson said. "In volleyball, those are big momentum changers and we never had the momentum. I think the time we had the momentum was at the end of the third game, but they were already ahead by so much that it was kind of over."
Wabasso’s Chelsey Guetter, right, tries to hit past the block of a pair of Central Minnesota Christian players during Section 3A-North action Friday at the R/A Facility at Southwest Minnesota State Univeristy.
Wabasso led 10-9 in the opening set until a 6-0 run for the Bluejays gave them the lead for good.
During Set 2, the BlueJays used a 7-0 run from 4-3 to 11-3 to position themselves firmly in the lead. When Larissa Rohlik tried to serve Wabasso back into the set, the point differential could not be totally erased. Rohlik finished the match 10-for-10 serving and had eight set assists in Wabasso's 6-2 offense.
Set 3 featured a 6-0 run for CMCS, part of a 14-4 start. Despite a four-point run to cut the lead to 18-14 and a five-point run with Chelsey Guetter serving to bring the Rabbits within a point at 22-21, the Wabasso comeback would ultimately fall short. The Rabbits and Bluejays traded points to reach 23-22, but the CMCS scored the final two points for the victory.
Guetter had an outstanding night in defeat for the Rabbits. The junior outside hitter led the team in serving and attacking, going 14-for-14 from the service line and knocking down 11 kills. She also had 11 digs, trailing senior Kimberly Frank's 16 for the team lead. Frank also had 17 set assists and was 12 of 13 serving.
Jamie Goblirsch also had 16 digs, while Guetter and Desi Kramer combined for three blocks. Ellen Franta had the lone ace for the Rabbits, on 11-for-11 serving, for the very first point of the match.
Wabasso completes its season with a 19-7 overall record, while CMCS (22-8 overall) advances to the sub-section semifinals on Tuesday. The Bluejays will look to avenge a Sept. 20 sweep at the hands of the Vikings at 6 p.m. at the RA Facility.
Wabasso18 22 22
CMCS25 25 25
WABASSO INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Serving (good-att-aces): Chelsey Guetter 14-14-0, Kimberly Frank 12-13-0, Ellen Franta 11-11-1, Larissa Rohlik 10-10-0.
Kills: Guetter 11, Morgan Frank 6.
Digs: K. Frank 16, Jamie Goblirsch 16, Guetter 11.
Set Assists: K. Frank 17, Rohlik 8.
Blocks (solo-assists): Desi Kramer 1-1, Guetter 1-1, Kendra Eichten 1-0, M. Frank 0-1, Franta 0-1.