The Sauk Prairie volleyball team fought back a number of times against Reedsburg on Sept. 7. However, once the Eagles and Beavers were on even ground, Reedsburg pulled away.
Tied 2-2 after four sets, Reedsburg stormed out to a 7-0 set-five lead and went on to hand host Sauk Prairie a 25-14, 23-25, 25-16, 24-26, 15-5 loss.
“The expectation was for them to come back, and they did. So for game five to be like that, I expected a lot more from the girls and I know they’re not happy with dropping to 0-7 right after that,” Sauk Prairie coach Eleanor Engelby said. “They let up every once in awhile because they think that they’re safe because they’re ahead, and other teams are going to gobble you up when you do that.”
The Eagles extended the match as long as they could after finding themselves facing match point with a 24-22 set-four deficit. Sauk Prairie climbed out of it, taking advantage of a pair of Reedsburg miscues before Hannah Schneider recorded a block to give the Eagles a 25-24 lead. With Ainsley Apel serving, Reedsburg’s return went into the net and Sauk Prairie lived to see a fifth set.
That momentum was quickly extinguished, as Brooklyn Schyvinck and Reedsburg took over in set five. With Schyvinck leading the way at outside hitter, the Beavers jumped out to a 7-0 lead and an Ally Gesteland kill gave them a 14-5 advantage. A Mackenzie Ganem capped off the match to give Reedsburg the 15-5 set-five win.
“You have to play every point, it doesn’t matter if you’re ahead or behind, you have to play it out, you have to be aggressive,” Engelby said. “They’re a talented group of girls and I just wish they could show it every single point, because they do have that ability.”
Reedsburg controlled the early-portion of the match, taking a 25-14 win in set one. But Sauk Prairie came alive in the second, as the teams traded points until Reedsburg called timeout with Sauk Prairie holding a 20-19 advantage. The set continued to go back-and-forth until an Apel kill gave the Eagles a 24-23 lead. Kayla Breunig served the final point and Sauk Prairie evened the match at 1-1.
Reedsburg regained control in set three, opening up a 6-2 lead and never looking back. The Beavers were never in danger, leading 14-8 and 19-10 on the way to a 25-16 win.
Schyvinck finished the day with a match-high 29 kills, while Gesteland led the Beavers with 48 assists and two aces.
Apel led Sauk Prairie with 28 digs and four aces, while Molly Pistono had 15 kills, Olivia Breunig tallied 33 assists and Schneider finished with two blocks. The coaching staff also liked what they saw from senior Kayla Breunig.
“Kayla typically up to this point has only played back row,” Engelby said. “She came out tonight and we had to put her front row, and she did it for us. She normally doesn’t serve and she served for us. ... She came out and she did give us everything. She knew that was her moment to shine switching from her normal role on the team.”
REEDSBURG 3, SAUK PRAIRIE 2
Reedsburg (leaders): Kills — Schyvinck 29. Blocks — Zunker 4. Digs — Grundahl 23. Aces — Gesteland 2. Assists — Gesteland 48.
Sauk Prairie: Kills — Pistono 15. Blocks — Schneider 2. Digs — Apel 28. Aces — Apel 4. Assists — O. Breunig 33.
Sauk Prairie Quadrangular
The Eagles went 1-2 at their home quadrangular on Saturday, beating Markesan before falling to Edgerton and Darlington.
Sauk Prairie opened the day with a 25-19, 25-15, 25-19 sweep of Markesan.
The Eagles took Edgerton to five sets, but eventually suffered a 25-15, 21-25, 25-20, 22-25, 15-13 loss.
Sauk Prairie was swept 25-12, 25-14, 25-13 by Darlington.
The Eagles will visit DeForest on Thursday before competing in an invitational in Middleton on Saturday.