By Jared Schmeltzer
The Merrill volleyball team took on Eau Claire North last night in a non conference match up. The game would go all five sets with the Bluejays eventually taking the hard earned win.
Merrill got off to a good start after winning a tight first set 25-23. The Bluejays went on to take the second set with more of a cushion with a 25-14 win. In the third set Eau Claire North showed they wouldn’t be pushed around with a 25-16 win. Eau Claire also went on to take the fourth set 25-20 to force a fifth set. The Merrill girls showed up big in the final set and took home the victory with a 15-6 win.
“This was just the match that we needed going into Thursdays conference match up against SPASH.” Said head coach Kris Krug. “We finally showed some much needed intensity in set 5. I felt like we were just going through the motions in sets 3 and 4. Eau Claire North is an aggressive serving team and very scrappy. We served very well tonight – 5 players at 100%, but had more hitting errors than I care to think about. On to a tough match on Thursday night!”
The five girls who served 100% include Maddix Bonnell (25 attempts), Kate Peterson (10 attempts), Kelsie Belfiori (13 attempts), Madi Weix (11 attempts), and Lindsey Casper (24 attempts). Megan Schroder led the team in kills in the game with 16 and four errors. Morgan Wardall was second in kills with 12, however Wardall had an unusual 11 errors in the game.
Merrill will be headed to Stevens Point on Thursday as they take on SPASH at 7 p.m.