It finally all clicked for the Marshfield volleyball team and the timing couldn’t have been better.
With Wisconsin Valley Conference leader Wausau East in their fieldhouse, the Tigers shook off a game 1 loss to storm back and knock off the previously undefeated Lumberjacks in four games, 19-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-19 Thursday night.
The Tigers entered the key match with two conference losses and improved to 4-2, while the Lumberjacks slipped to 5-1. East has the bye in the Valley next week and hosts co-leader Stevens Point Area Senior High (5-1) on Oct. 10.
Behind Clara Baumann’s right arm, the Lumberjacks jumped to an early lead to take the first set in dominating fashion. Baumann had five of her 18 kills in the opening game.
From the second game on, the Tigers changed their blocking and defensive scheme to slow Baumann down enough to gain momentum to get back into the match.
“Their top hitter, No. 5, was moving around so we got our blocking straightened out and when we started blocking and digging her shots we got pumped up,” said Marshfield senior Darian Molter, who had 18 digs and four aces. “We were the underdog and didn’t have anything to lose and we kept telling ourselves that and we just swung away”
East kept rolling early in the second and led 20-16 when Marshfield took over after a side out.
With Molter serving, the Tigers rallied for seven straight points, including a pair of aces from Molter during the run. East notched one more point before Courtney Bauer closed out the game with a spike that went straight to the floor untouched.
“After the first game we talked about how we watched too many balls hit the floor,” Tigers coach Dawn Sadowska said. “I told them that if we dig for them good things would happen and they did.
“I told the girls that this was an important match and how it could be a turning point for us and I think it is,” Sadowska added.
The Lumberjacks started fast in the third game, but like the second, the Tigers rallied back to take it.
“They played great on offense and defense,” East coach Ken Zoromski said. “After the first game they didn’t miss a dig and served like crazy. They got some key blocks. Clara hits so hard and when the ball comes back at the girls it surprised them.
“I’m not concerned about our play,” Zoromski added. “We’re a good team and we’ll get better. Good teams lose matches and this was just one match.”