Wykons swept out of v’ball district by Norway

NORWAY—It wasn’t an easy volleyball season for the West Iron County Wykons this year, given early-season and lingering injuries and a yearlong scramble to find a consistent rotation.
    The results of those issues were inconsistent play and a lack of confidence when things started going poorly. And those two factors showed up again in the postseason as the Wykons were swept by Norway 25-16, 25-22, 25-15 in a Division 3 District 65 matchup on Oct. 31 at Norway High School.
    Two nights later, the Knights lost to Calumet in four sets in the district final.
    The Wykons showed flashes of decent play during their district match, but for most of the night struggled to find any rhythm at all.
    “It was the same as our season,” WIC coach Brenda Grubbs said. “I felt we had glimmers, but in districts they want it so much more so things get in their heads and it lingers so much more. And that was obvious tonight. It was full of mistakes, and that was our season.”
    “I just feel like (Norway’s) cross hits were really good, and in the beginning we (hit) in the net a lot,” said senior setter Riley Stine. “Then our momentum goes down and we start getting behind.”
    West Iron (3-11 in dual matches) grabbed a 9-6 lead in the opening set on kills by Stine and Katie Fredrickson, a tip by Mya Grubbs and a block from Courtney Reitmeyer. But the Knights, who also swept the Wykons during the regular season, answered with a vengeance, scoring 19 of the final 26 points to take a one-set lead.
    During the run, West Iron’s play became disjointed and the Wykons began to struggle passing the ball into advantageous positions. As a result, Norway controlled play and dictated the flow of the match for much of the night.
    Stine said there was a clear drop in confidence in her team.
    “I for sure sensed that,” the three-year starter said. “When someone makes a mistake, it’s like they go quiet and then everyone else goes quiet and then if one person is trying to keep the team up, it just doesn’t work.”

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