Central girls get first win

Central’s Tara Follon, left, and Autumn Schuety go for a block in a game against MFL MarMac.

Abby Gifford, left, and Jennifer Koons get ready to return a volley.


The Central volleyball team scored their 1st win of the season September 19 against MFl MarMac.  Earlier in the week, Central took on Starmont on September 17, winning the 1st set, 26-24.

“This gave us the momentum going into the second set, but we were unable to capitalize on winning that first match and lost 25-20,” Coach Derek Bergan said.  “The second set was a hard fought set, and equaled up the score, and the third set you could see that our energy was down, and we lost 25-13.”

Samantha Tschirgi helped set the tone offensively with 33 assists, and she did a very good job of keeping Starmont’s defense off balance by constantly moving the ball around to different Central hitters.  Three Central girls had 9 kills or more - Lexi Funk (9) Darci Eberhardt (9) and Kinsey Juergens (11). 

“We were allowed to have this amount of kills because of our back row passing from Abby Gifford (14 digs) and Laren Lenth (18 digs),” Coach Bergan said. “I was happy with the way we came back in the fourth set and played with confidence, but unfortunately we lost 25-18.  If we can find a way to play every set and match with the confidence and energy that we had in the first set of this match we will have a lot of success this year, but right now we are struggling with consistency which has led us to lose matches we have a good chance to compete/win.”

Central then went on to beat MFL MarMac by a score of 3-1.  Central was led in kills by Kinsey Juergens with 12.  Renee Gibney did a great job at the net scoring off kills and tips, as well as recording 2 blocks.

“We started off on the right foot winning the first set 25-16 and putting the pressure on MFL immediately,” Coach Bergan commented.  “In the second set we once again struggled with consistency and had the lead late in the set vs. MFL, but were unable to finish off the set and lost 25-23. After talking in the huddle prior to the third set we made sure we had the right mind set and attitude to go out and play hard in the third set which we won 25-20.  We then finished off the match winning 25-13.”

“Our service errors really hurt us this match as we had 12 errors,” he added.  Those mistakes are what fueled MFL to their win in the second set and to get off to a 9-0 lead in the third set, we can’t give teams free points due to service errors, we need to make them earn every point they get.  We continue to work towards never taking a point off and being in the right mindset.  MFL did not have as many kill attempts as Starmont, but instead had numerous pushes, which we received well due to our back row players being in the correct position at all times.  Jennifer Koons and Tara Follon helped our offense immensely with their serve receiving and passing to Samantha.  This was our first win of season as well as the conference.  So now that we have that taste in our mouth we hope that it will start off a winning streak for us in this tough Upper Iowa Conference.”

  On September 28 the girls played at the Waukon Tournament, going 2-4.  Central started off pool play 0-3 losing to Houston, MN 2-0 Desoto, MN 2-1, and New Hampton 2-0.  The Warriors then played in the Silver bracket showing that they would not accept going home winless.  Central beat Hope Lutheran 2-1 Waukon 2-0, and lost once again to Houston, MN in the championship match.

“I was extremely happy with the way we responded after starting 0-3 on the day,” Coach Bergan.  “We played with great chemistry and attitude once the bracket started, but I would like to see us play with that at all times, which will only lead to more confidence for us as we keep playing this season.”

By Pat McTaggart, Freelance Writer


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