NFV Fourth in UIC VB tourney

To host Class 3A Regional Monday, Oct 28
NFV fourth in UIC VB tourney


By Jerry Wadian
Contributing Writer

North Fayette Valley had a strong end to the season, winning its final home game on Tuesday, Oct. 8 against Elkader, then winning both matches in round one of the UIC Tournament at Turkey Valley on Thursday, earning a fourth seed in Saturday’s final in Sumner.

At the final, the TigerHawks went 1-2 for a fourth-place finish overall at 4-3.

On Monday, Oct. 28, NFV will host round one of the Class 3A Region 6 Tournament. It will play Waukon at 7 p.m. with the winner moving on to play the winner of the Union (LPC) at Oelwein game. The winners will meet Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. in Oelwein.

In Thursday’s opening round of the UIC tourney, the TigerHawks beat MFL/MM in the first match, 25-18 and 25-11. In the second match, NFV got revenge for an early-season loss to Turkey Valley by sweeping the Trojans by identical 25-22 scores.

NFV started slowly against the Bulldogs in the first match.

“Once we got rolling, we looked sharp,” stated head coach Bruce Ehler. “Tiffanie Koch had five kills in the match, Shelby Lehmann was outstanding with her blocking, and Morgan Huinker provided more than enough offense.”

The TigerHawks jumped to a big early lead in the first set against TV, but the Trojans rallied to tie the game at 21-21. Then Jade Daughton made three big serves for the TigerHawk win.

In the second set, Josie Mackey used a pinpoint serve to vault NFV from a  tie to into a 19-15 lead.

Once again, TV rallied, taking a 20-19 lead.

Bailey Moser bailed the TigerHawks out with three serves, including an ace. From there, all NFV had to do was to side-out for the victory.

Individual TigerHawk Results

Huinker- 29 kills, 3 aces; Lehmann, 9 kills, 7.5 blocks; H. Moser- 5 kills, 45 assists, 13 digs; B. Moser- 11 kills, 14 digs, 4 aces; J. Koch- 21 digs; T. Koch- 6 kills, 4 blocks.

 

Saturday’s UIC final games were a best two-out-of-three to 25 points.

NFV entered as a four seed. The TigerHawks missed a  no. three seed (based on wins and points allowed) by just three points. That meant they played third-ranked Sumner-Fredericksburg in the semifinal, not the final.

Game one was a rematch with TV. This time the TigerHawks won, 21-25, 26-24, and 15-7. Huinker led the way with 16 kills.

The semifinal against the Cougars, currently ranked third in Class 2A, saw some of NFV’s best volleyball of the season.

“We hung right with them in the first set until they scored the final five points to win, 25-20,” Ehler explained.

Using some good work blocking and converting on offense, the TigerHawks won game two, 26-24.

However, the Cougars took the finale, 15-5.

“We had an early lead and plenty of emotion,” noted Ehler. “With the excitement, we started breaking down and couldn’t finish.”

NFV lost the final match to South Winn, 16-25 and 13-25, to finish fourth overall.

“I think the disappointment of losing to the Cougars mentally affected the team. It’s a learning process, and we need to figure out how to regroup much quicker,” Ehler concluded.

Individual TigerHawk Results

Huinker- 31 kills, 22 dig, 3  blocks; Lehmann, 10 kills, 7.5 blocks; H. Moser- 5 kills, 54 assists, 11 digs, 2 aces; B. Moser- 15 kills, 19 dig, 4 aces; J. Koch- 23 digs; T. Koch- 10 kills, 3 blocks.

 

 

Tuesday’s Parents’ Night match against C/E saw NFV win three of four, 25-13, 25-22, 23-25, and 25-17.

After the TigerHawks took the first two sets, coach Ehler said, “I learned an important coaching lesson in the third set.”

With a comfortable lead, the coach was trying to get everyone into the game, but lost track of the number of substitutions. When he reached the limit, the team had to finish with the players on the floor.

 “It was a good lesson in keeping track of substitutions and that the win is the most important result,” Ehler admitted.

Individual TigerHawk Results

Huinker- 12 kills, 6 dig, 3.5 blocks; Lehmann, 6 kills, 6.5 blocks; H. Moser- 4 kills, 25 assists, 7 digs, 2 aces; B. Moser- 7 kills, 7 digs, 4 aces; J. Koch- 7 digs.

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