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Friday, Oct 16th, 2020

Rangers seize initially outright MAC title

By Colin Foster

MARIA STEIN – New Knoxville has bested every staff on its agenda this season.

On Thursday, the Rangers were formally crowned greatest in the Midwest Athletic Conference.

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New Knoxville celebrates its initially MAC title considering the fact that 2005 – first over-all title – Thursday evening right after defeating Marion Nearby at The Hangar.

The third set slipped absent from New Knoxville against Marion Neighborhood, but an outright MAC title did not. The defeat rolled on for Division IV’s 2nd-ranked group as it defeated the No. 5 Flyers 25-19, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20 at the Hangar to cap a 9- run by means of MAC engage in and improve to 19-.

It really is New Knoxville’s first outright MAC volleyball title and fifth in general, the very last coming in 2005.

“For just one, it can be just so wonderful to get a MAC title simply because the MAC is so aggressive,” first-yr mentor and Ranger alum Meg (Reineke) Lageman. “We attained it. We worked very challenging for it. Our senior, Gretchen Dwenger, tore her ACL at the starting of the 12 months, which then put us at 6 players all the way about. No libero, just new things, and to see these six players by no means come off the court and get just about every match this season and acquire a MAC title, it truly is just so particular.”

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Marion Local’s Nicole Franck (13) and Abby Bruns (11) attempt to block New Knoxville’s Carsyn Henschen’s (3) shot in the third activity Thursday night time at the Hangar.

The opening established was tied at 1, 3 and 4. New Knoxville broke the 4-all tie and opened up a guide it never ever surrendered. Carsyn Henschen had a established-large five kills and 3 blocks for the Rangers, even though teammates Ellie Gabel, Avery Henschen and Haley Fledderjohann each individual included aces. Late in the established, an ace by Reagan Kremer and kills by Alana Pohlman and Kinsey Thobe minimized the deficit to three points, but that was the closest Marion bought right after slipping driving 12-6.

Morgan Leffel, Fledderjohann and Carsyn Henschen have been all on the assault for Knoxville early in established two as it doubled up Marion at 10-5. But the Flyers did not go away. Back-to-again scoring spikes by Pohlman punctuated a 9-4 run that shut the gap to 15-14 just before a timeout by Lageman and the Rangers. A joint block by Fledderjohann and Carsyn Henschen stopped the operate and introduced a operate for the website visitors. Melisa Waterman had an ace to highlight a 4- spurt by Knoxville, with kills by the Henschens eventually serving to Knoxville near out set two with a 2- edge.

The third established followed a very similar script. Till the conclusion, that is. The contest was near throughout, but Knoxville led most of the way. Marion was a little bit out of kinds at occasions – and coach Anthony Chappel permit them listen to it all through just one timeout – but the Flyers held on coming. The Rangers held a rather cozy direct late in the set when the household staff made its go. A Pohlman eliminate trimmed a once 5-level deficit to 20-19. Avery Henschen and Fledderjohann responded with again-to-back again scoring spikes, but a pair Knoxville blunders and an ace by Kremer later completed a 25-23 Marion victory.

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Marion Local’s Alana Pohlman (6) spikes the ball as New Knoxville’s Haley Fledderjohann defends.

The Flyers could not get the task carried out in the fourth established, even so.

A Leffel ace capped a 5-1 operate for Knoxville out of the gate. Shortly following, back again-to-again Pohlman aces punctuated a 7-3 Marion run that evened the score. But the Rangers clapped again with their very own 7-3 operate and retained their distance from there.

“The girls confirmed me that they preferred to perform. Also terrible it failed to carry into the fourth established,” Chappel explained.

“They execute and they minimize all their mistakes,” Chappel stated. “We just created extra mistakes than they did. They are good at bouncing back soon after they make blunders. They really don’t enable nearly anything stage them, for the reason that they know there’s no a person on the bench to replace them. It truly is them or no person. That’s the mentality they perform with.”

Pohlman had a match-high 23 kills and a few aces for Marion Neighborhood. Thobe additional 12 kills, even though Heidi Rethman dished out 44 helps and gathered 11 digs.

Carsyn Henschen and Leffel had 15 and 12 kills, respectively, to guide New Knoxville. Fledderjohann (15 digs) and Gabel (44 helps) also had significant statistical nights for the Rangers, who could be in line for a Division IV poll championship right after also knocking off No. 1 New Bremen previously this 7 days.

MAC Volleyball Standings:

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MAC In general
New Knoxville 9- 19-
Fort Recovery 8-1 18-3
New Bremen 7-2 19-3
Marion Neighborhood 6-3 18-4
St. Henry 4-4 13-8
Minster 3-5 14-7
Versailles 2-7 7-13
Coldwater 1-5 7-8
Parkway 1-7 7-21
St. John’s -7 4-13

(Observe: thanks to postponements, some MAC matches may not be played).