Westby hosted Black River Falls on Tuesday, Oct. 10 and Arcadia on Thursday, Oct. 12. The Norse fell in the fifth set to BRF 25-22, 25-14, 21-25, 18-25, 15-7 and defeated Arcadia in three straight sets 25-23, 25-18, 29-27 to finish out its 2017 Coulee Conference season.
Head Coach Jenny Luebke said Westby needs to stay focused and communicate if they want to keep pushing forward in the post season.
Black River Falls 3, Westby 2
BRF fired balls at the back line all night long keeping the Westby back line busy. The Tigers were led by Sam Blackdeer with 17 assists. Ashley Overlien boasted 19 assists while Channing Manske totaled 27 digs.
Michaela Grabowski led the attack for Westby with 13 kills and five blocks. Kiarra Keenlance tallied 22 assists, while Jada Berra added 24 digs.
Westby’s back line kept the score within range, but came up short falling 25-22. Miranda DelMedico had five of the team’s 19 digs. Westby had seven kills with Elsa Luebke recording three. Grabowski had a pair of solo blocks.
In the second set the Norse lost momentum, struggled in serve receive and had difficulty getting passes to the setters. Westby had five kills with Jessi Marshall and Elsa Luebke picking up a pair each.
Westby knew they needed to focus if they didn’t want to be part of a three game sweep by BRF. The Norse used strong setting and good digs to win the third set 25-21. Westby had 14 kills led by Eva Lee with five and Grabowski added four.
Westby did a good job of spreading the ball around in the fourth set picking up a 25-18 win to send the game into the tiebreaker. Grabowski had five of the team’s 12 kills. Lauren Berg was the assist leader and added a pair of serving aces. Berra led the back line with seven digs.
The Norse struggled with serve receive and were not able to get the ball in play. Westby needed to attack the ball, and get the ball in play. That didn’t happen as Westby fell 15-7.
“We often start out behind, but this time we couldn’t pull ourselves out of the hole we dug,” Luebke said.
Westby 3, Arcadia 0
Grabowski had eight kills and five blocks to lead the Norsemen (7-5) in the Arcadia sweep. Keenlance recorded 18 assists while Berra tallied 13 digs for Westby. Sandra Berg had 10 kills for the Raiders (6-6).
Luebke said the Norse often discuss what they need to do to win and being aggressive and intense when they play was at the top of the list. In the first set Westby had nine kills led by Elsa Luebke with four. Westby racked up 22 digs led by Berra with seven. Westby won the first set 25-23.
Westby used a solid front line at the net performance including 10 kills, four by Grabowski and Von Ruden with three. Norse hitters attacked all positions across the front in the 25-18 win.
The Norse started out behind, but dug deep taking it to extra points to bring home the sweep against Arcadia, 29-27. Westby had 15 kills, four from Grabowski, and three each from Lee and Von Ruden. Keenlance had seven assists, while Berra and Grabowski tallied six digs each.
“This was a true team effort. We have a lot of talent and skill so when we pull it together mentally and focus we win matches and we needed this win going into the post season,” Luebke said.
Westby hosted Viroqua in post season action on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The winner played on Thursday, Oct. 19.