West Creek ultimately defeated Northeast but it took four games for the Lady Coyotes do it at Northeast High’s gym Thursday for the first time in West Creek history.
West Creek would claim a 17-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-23 victory.
The gym was buzzing with excitement as fans of both teams filed in and sided off the bleachers. The Lady Eagles came out blazing as they quickly scored against West Creek. Michelle Donner secured her team’s lead as she went on a five-serve streak, putting her team in the lead, 9-4.
West Creek’s Yasmin Kiper used the uncovered territory West Creek’s defense left and took full advantage of tipping into available space but the Lady Coyotes struggled in serving and Northeast took advantage of that to end the first game quickly, 25-17.
The second game proved to be a different story when West Creek came out ready to play.
West Creek started off fast, taking anything they could get from the Eagles. Ashlyn Whitted stood strong and served back-to-back aces, keeping the momentum in her team’s favor. She wasn’t alone though as teammate Alex Wilkens, the team captain, lit the board up with her tremendous work at the net. She made Northeast work double time to cover her. The Lady Eagles struggled to keep up with the Coyotes but the Coyotes returned the scoring favor, ending the game 25-17.
In the third game, it was up for grabs and both the Coyotes and the Eagles were looking for a win.
Northeast’s Deanna Camplan stood waiting to serve the ball to the Coyotes as her fans chanted “She’s a freshman!” The freshman showed up with multiple aces against the Lady Coyotes and helped her team secure a safe lead.
But the Lady Coyotes weren’t prepared to lie down and they battled back with the help of Wilkens, who in the third game alone had three kills. The rally points fluctuated between both teams. Northeast’s Kiper kept the crowd on edge with her more than impressive kills, including a kill from the back row that would give her team a 12-10 lead. Bur West Creek withstood the barrage and Lady Coyotes claimed a hard-fought 25-21 third-game victory.
The tension before the fourth game weighed heavily in the air as both teams took the court for the final set.
The Lady Eagles made a few minor changes to their rotation that seemed to be the answer to their problems. Both teams knew that if West Creek reached 25 first, the match would be over and the game was a power struggle from the first serve and was nonstop until the final point.
West Creek came out swinging and pulled ahead of Northeast with a four-point lead. Kiper pulled momentum back to her team with a kill that was untouched by the Lady Coyote defense to cut the West Creek lead 15-11.
A few serving errors and some extensive volleys would leave the score knotted at 20 and sending the crowd on edge. The control floated between the teams but finally, Wilkens’ used a block to her advantage to put her team at game point, serving 23. The final play was a gut wrenching play that resulted in the Lady Eagles not being able to send the ball back over the net finally giving West Creek the game and match, 25-23.