Eagles drop first conference match to Hornets
By Jacob Heid
ROSHOLT – After the Almond-Bancroft volleyball team started the Central Wisconsin-South season 2-0, an away tilt with the Rosholt Hornets turned into a 3-0 sweep in favor of the home Hornets on Sept. 19.
The Eagles couldn’t find the points late in sets to top the Hornets.
Almond-Bancroft held onto an early 10-8 lead in the first set, but the Hornets stormed back in a big way.
An ace by senior Gracie Casper in the middle of the set, a few hitting errors and a couple of kills helped the Hornets to a 17-12 lead.
Rosholt ended the set on an 8-1 run, finished off by a rotational error by Almond-Bancroft to go ahead 1-0 in the match.
A tough start to the second set for the Eagles had them trailing 13-3. A service error from Rosholt finally ended a lengthy run.
With Almond-Bancroft down 11, 21-10, junior Madalyn Potts smashed one to the floor to cut the deficit back to 10.
The Rosholt lead got cut to nine late in the set before senior Sarah Trzinski polished the set off with a kill, 25-15, one of 13 in the match for the outside hitter.
The visiting Eagles started the must-win set three with a lead.
Sophomore Mya Dernbach laid one across the middle of the floor to put the Eagles ahead 3-1.
Rosholt went on another lengthy run to go ahead by five, 11-6.
Dernbach had another kill to get Almond-Bancroft within four again and eventually tied the game up at 14-14.
The Hornets capitalized once again late in the set, ending with an 8-2 run.
Sophomore Addi Gagas finished things off with a rocket from the left side to complete the sweep. She had six kills in the three-set sweep.
Rosholt also participated in its first annual Teddy Bear Toss to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
Rosholt improved to 10-6 (1-2) and will travel to Wild Rose tonight, Sept. 21, for a 7 p.m. first serve.
Almond-Bancroft is 2-1 and sits in second place in the CWC-South standings.
The Eagles are back on their home floor for a matchup with Tri-County at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21.