Coach Tina Thiele-Blecher said the victory was the first in quite a while over the Cardinals who have been one of the dominant teams in the NVC.
It didn’t come easy Tuesday night, but it was arguably the most exciting match of the year for the Wolfpack. The Cardinals, ranked #4 in Class D-2 by the Omaha World-Herald, entered the match with a 12-2 record. The Wolfpack, the only undefeated team in Class D-1, was ranked #1. Neither team disappointed fans in the stands.
St. Mary’s opened the match scoring at will against the Wolfpack, bolting out to a 9 to 0 lead. EPPJ answered back with seven service points from Calli Krebs, aided by kills from Elizabeth Selting and Amy Nelson, to close to 9 to 7. The teams then traded points as St. Mary’s pulled out to a 16 to 10 lead. Keeping EPPJ within striking distance was junior Paige Meis with an ace tip and a service ace from Selting.
Trailing 19 to 14, the Wolfpack utilized strong serves from Jordan Mescher and kills at the net from Grace Henn and Nelson to string together a seven-to-one run to take a 21 to 20 lead. The Wolfpack maintained the lead, but squandered one game point. However, they capitalized on the next opportunity to win 26 to 24.
Game #2 was hotly contested in the early going. Tied 13-all, St. Mary’s appeared ready to win the game as they won 10 points in a row. Leading 23 to 13, Krebs served EPPJ back into the game. Two ace serves and a kill from Selting cut St. Mary’s lead to 23 to 17. Then St. Mary’s recorded a sideout and served for the game. However, their attack was out, making the score 24 to 18. With Nelson on the service line and Selting in the front row, the Wolfpack attacked with an eight-to-zero run to close out the match. Setter Baylee Wemhoff fed Selting who responded with three kills. Nelson added two ace serves. With victory in their grasp, the Wolfpack won the game and the match, again the score being 26 to 24.
Afterwards, Selting said she and her teammates were determined to beat the Cardinals and rode a crest of momentum to close out the match.
On this memorable night, Selting led the way with 14 kills. She was 20 of 23 hitting with a hitting percentage of .478.
The Wolfpack had 29 kills in the match. Aside from Selting, Nelson had seven kills, Henn added five, Meis posted two and Payne recorded one. Meis had the team’s only solo block in the match.
EPPJ was 48 of 50 from the service line (96 percent) with six aces. Krebs and Baylee Wemhoff each had two, Selting and Nelson each had one.
Mescher, Krebs and Baylee Wemhoff tied for the team-high in digs with three apiece, Nelson and Selting each had two while Payne and Ally Wemhoff each had one.
Baylee Wemhoff led EPPJ in set assists with 21, Payne had three.
Mescher again led in serve receive with 15, Selting had seven, Krebs and Payne each had three.
Humphrey St. Francis
IThe Wolfpack began the triangular with a 25-18, 17-25 and 25-13 victory over Humphrey St. Francis.
After splitting the first two games, EPPJ seized momentum in the third game, scoring the first nine points and cruised from there to the victory.
The outcome was never in doubt from that point on.
Wolfpack front liners Selting (17), Nelson (10) and Henn (nine) combined for 36 kills in the match. Meis added six and Payne had two. The team was a combined 75 of 97 hitting.
Baylee Wemhoff had four ace serves in the match, Selting had three. The Wolfpack were successful on 58 of 63 serve attempts.
Henn and Meis each had two solo blocks in the match, Nelson added one.
Mescher led the team in digs with eight, Krebs had five.
Baylee Wemhoff had 17 set assists, Ally Wemhoff added eight and Payne had six.
Mescher also led the team in serve receive with 17, Selting had 10.
ALBION — Competing against two Class C-2 schools Thursday night, the Wolfpack did to them what they have done to all their opponents so far this season — beat them.
The Wolfpack defeated Battle Creek 25-19 and 25-16 in their first match of a triangular. Then, in the finale, the Wolfpack defeated Boone Central/Newman Grove (BCNG) 25-23 and 25-17.
Against the Bravettes, the Wolfpack had 26 kills. They were led by Amy Nelson with 11 followed by Grace Henn with five, Paige Meis and Elizabeth Selting each with four, Nicki Payne had two.
EPPJ was 44 of 47 serving with just one ace, that by Ally Wemhoff.
Nelson, Selting and Meis each had two solo blocks in the match, Payne had one.
Jordan Mescher and Selting each had 10 digs in the match, Baylee Wemhoff added eight.
The Wolfpack had 26 set assists in the match, led by Baylee Wemhoff with 10, Ally Wemhoff had eight and Nicki Payne added seven.
Selting led the team in serve receive with 10, Mescher had eight and Calli Krebs had seven.
In the final match of the night, the Wolfpack won a close first game 25-23, then put away the Cardinals 25-17 in the second game to claim the victory.
The Wolfpack were 58 of 69 in attacks, posting 23 kills. Selting led the way with 11 kills and hitting .348. She was followed by Meis and Henn each with four kills, Nelson had two while Payne and Baylee Wemhoff each had one. The Cardinals were led by senior Jenna Kramer with eight.
From the service line the Wolfpack were 44 of 46 with two ace serves, both by Baylee Wemhoff.
Meis dominated at the net with five solo blocks in the match, Nelson and Selting each had two.
Kelsey Thompson had the Cardinals only solo block in the match.
Mescher led EPPJ in digs with 10, Krebs and Baylee Wemhoff each had nine and Nelson added eight. Thompson led the Cardinals with 11 to go along with a team-high 17 set assists.
Baylee Wemhoff led the Wolfpack in set assists with 13, Payne and Ally Wemhoff each had three. Mescher led the team in serve receive with eight, one more than Krebs.
ELGIN — Two of Nebraska’s best recent eight-man football programs met on Elgin Field Friday night. Howells/Dodge and Elgin Public-Pope John have won a slew of state championships between them. The Jaguars, befitting of their mascot, raced their way to the endzone for five first half touchdowns and went on to claim a 58 to 8 victory over the Wolfpack.
The Jaguars suited up 28 players, double the size of an injury-depleted Wolfpack squad. Their depth proved to be too much for the Wolfpack to overcome as Howells/Dodge improved their record to 3-2 on the season.
The Wolfpack defense, facing the task of stopping the Jaguars’ ground game, played well at times but fell victim to big plays. Many of the Wolfpack players continue to battle injuries. Still, to their credit, there’s no quit in the Wolfpack.
Howells-Dodge scored on their first possession of the game, then added two more touchdowns before the end of the first quarter to lead 22 to 0. Jordan Brichacek scored his team’s first two touchdowns on runs of 20 and eight yards.
Late in the first quarter the Wolfpack moved the ball into Jaguars’ territory thanks to the legs of sophomore Justin Reestman who gained 15 yards on four carries. A 13-yard completion from quarterback Conor Ramold to Liam Heithoff put the ball on the Jaguars’ 30-yard line at the end of the first quarter. The drive then stalled on the 25-yard line as the Wolfpack turned the ball over on downs.
Two plays later, Brichacek lit up the scoreboard with a 50-yard touchdown run with 8:30 left before halftime. Less than two minutes later the Jaguars were in the endzone again. The Wolfpack took the kickoff and on third & 11 from their 14-yard line, they fumbled and Lane Hegemann recovered for the Jaguars.
On the very next play, quarterback Dan VanLengen scored on a quarterback keeper, making the score 30 to 0.
Special teams accounted for the Jaguars’ final score before the half as Dylan Horejsi took a punt near midfield and returned it for a touchdown at the 4:58 mark.
The Wolfpack never recovered from the 24-point barrage in a 3 1/2 minute span. The teams traded possession before the halftime buzzer sounded.
The Jaguars, with the clock running due to the 35-point rule, burned nearly eight minutes in a 13-play drive, all on the ground, which culminated in a 13-yard touchdown run from Josh Brester.
The Wolfpack answered with nine-play, 50-yard touchdown drive of their own. Starting on their own 30-yard line, Reestman got one first down for the Wolfpack, then picked up 14 more yards on two carries to move the ball down to the Jaguars’ 26-yard line. Ramold then handed the ball to Kyle Schumacher on the next play and the sophomore picked up four tough yards.
With the ball on the 22-yard line, Reestman took a pitch and sliced through the Jaguars’ defense for a 22-yard touchdown run, much to the delight of the Wolfpack fans in the stands on Homecoming Night. Schumacher scored the two-point conversion on a pass from Ramold with 11:04 left in the game.
The Jaguars added two more touchdowns on runs by freshman Luke Rocheford to end the game.
The loss dropped the Wolfpack’s record to 0-5. Next up will be Clarkson/Leigh on Friday, Oct. 7 at Elgin Field, the last regular season home game. The Wolfpack will conclude the regular season on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Neligh-Oakdale.
Jaguars 58, Wolfpack 8
Jaguars………14 24 6 14 — 58
Wolfpack………0 0 0 8 — 8
H/D — Jordan Brichacek 20 run (Dylan Horejsi run)
H/D — Brichacek 8 run (PAT failed)
H/D — Horejsi 30 run (Brichacek run)
H/D — Dax VanLengen 4 run (Horejsi run)
N/D — Horejsi punt return (Horejsi run)
EPPJ — Hunter Reestman 22 run (Conor Ramold pass to Kyle Schumacher)
H/D — Luke Rocheford 15 run (PAT good)
H/D — Rocheford 16 run (PAT failed)
Team Stats H/D EPPJ
First downs 14 4
Penalties/Yds 2/15 2/10
Rushing 34/294 32/88
Passing 1/1/0 3/10/0
Passing Yds 11 18
Total Off. 305 106
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Passing — Conor Ramold 3/9/0 — 18, Hunter Reestman 0/1/0 — 0. Howells/Dodge — Dax VanLengen 1/1/0 — 11
Rushing — Conor Ramold 4/-1, Joseph Bailey 2/15, Kyle Schumacher 2/-1, Cory Romej 1/3, Liam Heithoff 1/0, Hunter Reestman 22/72. Howells/Dodge Dylan Horejsi 8/11, Josh Brester 13/97
Receiving — Kyle Schumacher 1/3, Liam Heithoff 2/15. Howells/Dodge — Zach Bayer 1/11
Tackles (solo/assists) — Wolfpack — Conor Ramold 1/3, Joseph Bailey 4/0, Miles Schrage 8/6, Kyle Schumacher 7/2, Adam Dreger 1/0, Noah Knievel 1/0, Liam Heithoff 9/7, Hayes Miller 3/2, Lane Bartak 2/0, Hunter Reestman 3/2, Carter Schindler 2/0. Howells/Dodge — Zach Bayer 5/4
QB sacks — Miles Schrage 1
September 29, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
ELGIN — The mark of a championship team is, in tight matches, to find a way to win.
Elgin Public-Pope John did just that Thursday night, hosting a triangular against Nebraska Christian and Riverside.
The top-ranked Wolfpack boosted their record to 11-0 with two victories.
In the first match, they defeated Nebraska Christian 25-13 and 28-26.
To do so, the Wolfpack dominated the net, both on attacks and defense. They produced 34 kills in the match. On 65 attacks, they had just 10 errors and recorded a hitting percentage of .369.
Leading in kills was Elizabeth Selting. The senior had 13 in the match to continue a string of matches with double-digit kills. Junior Grace Henn had nine kills followed by Amy Nelson with eight, Paige Meis had four. Nebraska Christian was led by Claire Ostrand and Corryn Falk with six apiece.
From the service line the Wolfpack were 53 of 55 with one ace, that by junior Calli Krebs. Nebraska Christian was 37 of 40 with two ace serves.
Meis led the Wolfpack with two solo blocks in the match, Nelson, Selting and Nicki Payne each had one.
Nebraska Christian had 42 digs in the match, twice as many as the Wolfpack. For EPPJ, senior Jordan Mescher led with nine digs, Krebs had four and Baylee Wemhoff added three.
The Wemhoff sisters teamed up for 30 set assists in the match, Baylee had 16 and Ally had 14. Carsyn Ostrand led Nebraska Christian with 16.
Selting led EPPJ in serve receive with 11, Mescher and Krebs each had seven. Claire Ostrand led Nebraska Christian with 62.
The Riverside Chargers proved to be no match for the Wolfpack as EPPJ completed a big night with a 25-16 and 25-18 victory.
Selting led the Wolfpack with 12 kills, Henn had five followed by Nelson with four, Meis had three and Payne added two. M. Walkowiak led the Chargers with seven.
The Wolfpack was 44 of 48 serving with three aces, one each from Krebs, Baylee Wemhoff and sophomore Anna Heilhecker.
Riverside had seven ace serves, led by Baylee Wlaschin with four.
EPPJ had four solo blocks in the match, one apiece from Meis, Henn, Nelson and Lydia Behnk.
Mescher led the Wolfpack with 11 digs and also had the team-high in serve receive with eight.
Baylee Wemhoff topped EPPJ in set assists with 10, Payne had eight, Selting and Ally Wemhoff each had two.
September 29, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
ELGIN — Great teams take advantage of their opponent’s mistakes.
That’s exactly what D-1’s top-ranked EPPJ Wolfpack did Saturday.
After winning the first game against Plainview 25 to 13, EPPJ saw Plainview build an early lead in Game #2 and hold the margin for much of the way.
Trailing 14 to 10, EPPJ turned momentum in their favor by capitalizing on overpass errors by the Lady Pirates. In a 10 to three run, the Wolfpack recorded four kills on overpass errors. Paige Meis had two of the kills, Nicki Payne had one as did Baylee Wemhoff.
Coach Tina Thiele-Blecher said that was a turning point in the game and allowed the Wolfpack to gain some momentum to close out the match.
Calli Krebs closed out the game with a service winner as the Wolfpack improved their season-record to 13-0.
Against the Pirates, the Wolfpack were just 43 of 59 hitting with 21 kills. Elizabeth Selting led the way with eight kills, followed by Grace Henn and Amy Nelson with four apiece, Meis added two while Payne, Jordan Mescher and Baylee Wemhoff each had one.
The Wolfpack were 43 of 48 serving with three aces serves, one apiece from Krebs, Ally Wemhoff and Baylee Wemhoff.
Nelson made her presence known at the net with three solo blocks, Henn had one.
Mescher led the team in digs with four, Baylee Wemhoff had three.
The Wolfpack had 17 set assists in the match, led by Baylee Wemhoff with 10 and Ally Wemhoff with six.
Selting led EPPJ in serve receive with seven, Mescher had five and Krebs added two.
The Plainview victory capped a sweep at a triangular EPPJ hosted. In the first match, EPPJ swept West Holt 25-13 and 25-9.
Against West Holt, there was little doubt from the onset who was going to win this match. In Game #1, the score was tied at five-all, then the Wolfpack proceeded to outscore the Lady Huskies 20 to eight.
The Wolfpack gained the upper hand with Henn, Nelson and Selting swinging away at the net. They also benefitted from strong serves as Krebs and Ally Wemhoff had ace serves in the opening game.
Game #2 was never in doubt as the Wolfpack bolted out to a 10 to six lead, the last point coming on a kill by Meis.
Mescher then served 12 points in a row, capitalizing on kills at the net from Elizabeth Selting, Grace Henn and Amy Nelson. During the run, Mescher had three ace serves.
Lydia Behnk came off the bench towards the end of the game to record her only kill of the match.
For the match, the Wolfpack was 41 of 45 hitting with 19 kills. Henn led the way with seven kills followed by Selting with six, Nelson had four, Lydia Behnk and Meis each had one.
From the service line, the Wolfpack were 47 of 48 with seven ace serves. Mescher led the ace parade with three, Ally Wemhoff and Krebs each had two.
Nelson led the team with two ace blocks, Behnk had one.
Mescher was again the leader in digs with six, Selting had three. Mescher also led in serve receive with seven, Selting had four. Ally Wemhoff finished with nine set assists, Baylee Wemhoff had seven.