Lady Trojans drop five-set thriller to Nordics

CRYSTAL FALLS—Volleyball is notoriously known as a momentum sport. At least between closely matched teams, matches are seemingly always filled with streaks and lulls.
    Such was the case when the Forest Park Lady Trojans entertained North Dickinson on Sept. 11 at Eddie Chambers Gym. The two rivals went back-and-forth in an engaging and prolonged match that ended with the Nordics eking out a 25-18, 19-25, 25-21, 19-25, 16-14 victory.
    The final set was indicative of the pattern the match took. North Dickinson went on a 9-2 run to take what seemed to be a safe 13-6 lead. But the Lady Trojans stormed back with an 8-1 surge that left the teams tied at 14-all. ND finally closed out the match on kills by juniors Kylie Gustafson and Masyn Alexa.
    “Volleyball is a momentum game and that momentum switches and shifts back and forth so easily,” said FP assistant/junior varsity coach Bobbie Jo Anderson, who coached both the JV and varsity squads in the absence of head coach Ana Cornelia. “I think that tonight we had a hard time keeping the momentum on our side. We would get it for a while, but then it would shift back to North Dickinson.”
    ND coach Sandy Haustein could have said exactly the same thing. For after her team took the first set rather comfortably, she saw FP fight back at mid-game of the second set to even the match at one set each. A 7-1 run sparked by two kills and a block from junior middle Mercedes Simmons, a block and a tip from senior outside hitter Elle Soderberg and a kill by junior outside hitter Kelsey Ragio.
    Junior setter Sydney Honkala recorded a block of a tip attempt later in the set to help her team fight back to even.

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