The girls were cheering, so were the fans and even their coaches were getting lost in the excitement.
All the electricity happened during the third game of a Wisconsin Valley Conference volleyball match between Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids.
The Tigers rallied from a 7-point deficit to win the third and deciding game 28-26 and sweep the Raiders on Thursday night. The first two games were 25-17, 25-18 for the Tigers.
Marshfield improved to 2-0 in the Valley, while the Raiders dropped their conference opener.
“It was so intense with the crowd getting into it and we were pumped up because it was such an exciting match,” Rapids senior Hannah Ginter said. “Our team played very well in the third match. We worked together, we passed well and hit well. I couldn’t be happier with my team even though we lost.”
Jumping to an early 5-0 lead in the third game prompted Tigers coach Dawn Sadowska to call a timeout. The break didn’t help slow down the Raiders’ momentum as they increased the lead to 8-1, before the Tigers got off their single point. Rapids’ seven point lead was the biggest of the game and they held that margin twice.
As the game progressed, Rapids maintained a four point lead until Miranda Forrest closed the gap to 22-19 with a spike kill.
Rapids led 24-20, then the Tigers clawed back, winning the next four points on Darian Molter’s serve to tie it at 24-24.
The lead changed six more times before Marshfield junior Jordan Green ended the match with a spike kill.
“We need to talk more and cheer for each other when we were down,” said Green, who had nine kills. “When I’m excited, I do better and want to pound the ball. It was a big win because it was so close. When it’s a tough game you have to stick with each other as a team and we did that.”
Marshfield’s Courtney Bauer and Forrest both had 10 kills, while Anna Ripp had five aces and 15 assists. Sara Dasler chipped in with 13 assists and Molter finished with 13 digs.
“This was a good challenge for us,” Sadowska said. “I saw the girls hang their heads in the middle of the game. I told them to keep their heads up and keep playing their ball. I don’t want all our games like this, but it was good for us.”
The Raiders were led by Rachel Eron with six kills, while Kelsey Kronholm and Vikki Getsinger had 13 digs each and Corinne Kolpotek had 15 assists.
“The girls really want to be competitive on conference games and they showed they can be tonight,” Rapids coach Jake Wendtland said. “They played with effort and heart and played for each other.”