By Brett Hart
Oct. 1 was a good day for the Amery volleyball team as it survived a grueling five-set match with the Ellsworth Panthers.
Amery 25, Ellsworth 22
The first game featured nine ties before Amery was finally able to take the lead for good at 16-15 on an Ella Schmidt spike. Mariah Waalen put the game to rest with a kill.
Amery 25, Ellsworth 20
The Warriors didn't trail in the second game until 11-12, but managed to tie the score again at 13-13 on a Hannah VanSomeren ace and reclaim the lead on a block.
The score was tied five more times and Ellsworth took a 19-18 advantage before the Warriors went on a 7-1 run to finish the game.
Amery 28, Ellsworth 30
The third set featured four ties before Amery was able to build an 8-5 advantage. After three more ties, the Warriors managed to rebuild their 3-point lead 14-11. Five more ties later, the Panthers took a turn in front, pulling ahead 24-21. Amery came back to tie the score twice more before claiming a 26-25 advantage on a Waalen serve. Three more ties ensued after regulation, until Ellsworth was able to finally claim the victory on an Amery error.
Amery 26, Ellsworth 28
Fueled by the marathon win in the third set, Ellsworth jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the fourth game, only to have Amery battle back to tie the score at 13-13 on an Julia Engebretson spike. Jenna Hendrickson put the Warriors ahead 15-14 with a kill, and Jenna Hendrickson spikes gave the Warriors leads at 25-24 and 26-25 before errors once again derailed Amery's efforts.
Amery 15, Ellsworth 11
With their backs against the wall, the two squads continued to battle toe to toe in the deciding fifth set, tying the score at 3-3 and 5-5 before Amery took the lead and began to build a buffer.
The Warriors pulled ahead by as many as five points twice and scored the match's final point on a spike by Hendrickson.
Hannah VanSomeren amassed 16 service points, including four aces, and pitched in three kills and a block. Drew Granica served up 13 points on the night for the Warriors, including a pair of aces, while adding four kills and a block.
Hendrickson racked up a team-high 18 kills and also tallied nine service points, an ace and a block. Waalen notched 13 kills, eight service points, two aces and a block.
Engebretson posted five aces, eight kills and a block.