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Wolves top Nighthawks in four

Northeast Range takes first game, but lets Ely bounce back

Jay Greeney
Posted 8/31/17

ELY—A young Timberwolves volleyball team showed some experience and maturity after losing the opening game of their season opener against Northeast Range on Tuesday.

Ely rebounded from its …

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Wolves top Nighthawks in four

Northeast Range takes first game, but lets Ely bounce back

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ELY—A young Timberwolves volleyball team showed some experience and maturity after losing the opening game of their season opener against Northeast Range on Tuesday.

Ely rebounded from its 25-21 first-game loss to take the next three and the match, 25-14, 25-23, and 25-22.

“It was nice to start the season with a win,” said Ely Head Coach Andrea Thomas. “We tried some different line up combinations and hopefully worked out some of the kinks in our game.”

Nighthawks Head Coach Jodi Reichensperger was circumspect, noting that the team, with just two returning starters, is relatively inexperienced. “We have great individual skills on the team,” she said, “it’s just a question of putting those skills together.”

Reichensperger also gave credit to Ely, and predicted the Wolves will be formidable this season. “Ely did a really nice job keeping us on our toes on defense. Starting the season with a loss is not the ideal, but it did give us a clear picture of what we need to be working on as a team.”

Ely was led by Breille Kallberg with 21 kills and 4 blocks. Jenna Merhar had 7 kills, while Winter Sanio tallied 4 kills and 4 blocks. Lida Dodge had a solid night with 33 set assists.

Hannah Reichensperger recorded 11 kills and 3 blocks, to lead the Nighthawks. Maija Maki provided 6 kills, followed by Sophie lenz who had 5 kills and 4 blocks.

“Set one we let errors get the best of us,” said Thomas.” The team came back and played well in set two.”

Ely played well enough to win sets 3 and 4, “But we definitely have some things to work on in practice before our next match,” said the Ely head coach.

The team will have a full week break before hitting the road to take on Littlefork-Big Falls on Sept. 5.

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