By Brett Hart
Amery's volleyball team opened postseason play on Tuesday, October 22 in a regional match at Prescott, and the Warriors' season came to a close with a 16-25, 23-25, 20-25 loss to the Cardinals.
"Prescott's net play kept us from getting into a rhythm, but the team kept fighting through the last point," said Amery Coach Lisa Markee.
Ten ties took place in the first half of the first game until Amery was able to go on a four point run and claim a 16-12 lead on a Mariah Waalen serve. Prescott, however, responded with a game-winning 13-point run.
Amery jumped out to another fast start in Game 2, grabbing a 7-2 lead on a Julia Engebretson serve and maintained that 5-point cushion at 9-4 on a Ella Schmidt tip. Prescott again responded with a big run to take over the lead, 10-9. The teams continued to go toe-to-toe for a total of five ties until the Cardinals went on a five-point run to claim a 21-16 advantage. Trailing 17-23, Amery finished strong, outscoring Prescott 6-2 at the end but fell just short of the comeback after a Jenna Hendrickson spike cut the deficit to 23-24.
Game 3 was more of the same with Amery jumping out to the early lead. In fact the first time the Warriors trailed was at 6-7, but Amery was never able to regain control again.
Hendrickson finished with 10 kills while Waalen posted five kills. Engebretson and Hannah VanSomeren each had two aces.
Prescott advanced to take on Osceola on Oct 24 and was swept in three game by the top seeded Chieftains who then defeated St. Croix Central in three games to advance to the sectional semifinal against second-seeded Bloomer. Bloomer and Osceola will face off on Oct. 31 in Osceola.