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Class 1A Regional Volleyball Titans bow out of tourney

GT/RA steals first game from Bears

October 27, 2017
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

ALGONA - Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire may have surprised 13th-ranked Bishop Garrigan in Monday's Class 1A regional by taking the first set. However, the Golden Bears came back with a vengeance to pull out the 3-1 victory by scores of 21-25, 25-15, 25-19 and 25-9.

Garrigan, which placed fourth in the Top of Iowa West Conference, jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first game.

GT/RA took a timeout and came out battling, eventually taking a 12-10 lead. The game remained tight until 20-20, when the Titans closed out the match with a 5-1 run, which featured both a kill and block by Madison Hough. A service error gave the Bears their only point.

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Garrigan jumped out to an early lead again in game two, but began pulling away after the scoring was tied 7-7 on the way to the 25-15 victory.

The Titans were down again early in the third set, but came back to take an 11-10 lead on a kill by Emma Heinrichs. The two teams kept up the seesaw battle with the match tied six times, the last at 19-19. However, the Golden Bears, who had trailed 19-18, rattled off the final seven points to put GT/RA away.

The fourth set was all Garrigan as the Titans couldn't put anything together.

Garrigan finished with 47 kills compared to the Titans' 23 and also led in digs 90-76.

Heinrichs led GT/RA's attack with five kills while Toni Alesch, Kylea Fehr and Anna Sorenson each had four and Hough had three. Madison Norris finished with 21 set assists.

Libero Taylor Park finished with 19 digs while Norris had 14 and Heinrichs had 11.

While GT/RA players were able to get their hands on many of the Golden Bear attacks, the Titans finished with seven blocks. Hough and Sorensen had three blocks apiece.

Serving, GT/RA finished 67-of-71 with seen aces while Garrigan was 86-of-94 with seven aces. Heinrichs led the Titans with three aces while Alesch had two and Chloe Bakken and Norris each had one.

GT/RA finishes up a 13-16 season overall and 4-7 in the Twin Lakes Conference.

Three Titan seniors suited up for their final match-Taylor Park, Anna Sorensen and Madison Norris.



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