BURWELL — It’s as simple as one-two-three.
Elgin Public-Pope John defeated host Burwell Tuesday night, sweeping three games by the scores of 25-18, 26-24 and 25-18.
“We had to fight through a tough, scrappy Burwell team,” Coach Tina Thiele-Blecher said about the match.
“It seems like we got up each set and Burwell would crawl their way back to a close game. We knew going in, Burwell was a better team than the record showed.
“It was a great win to end our regular season with.”
Wolfpack hitters combined for 46 kills in the match.
Three hitters were in double figures with kills, led by senior Amy Nelson with 13 kills, Paige Meis and Elizabeth Selting with 11 apiece.
Others with kills were Grace Henn with eight, Nicki Payne had two and Baylee Wemhoff posted one.
As a team the Wolfpack attacked the net 125 times with just 27 errors.
Three games produced eight ace serves by the Wolfpack. Baylee Wemhoff had three, Calli Krebs had two while Jordan Mescher, Allyson Wemhoff and Selting each had one.
The team was 73 of 76 from the service line (96 percent).
Recording solo blocks in the match were Meis, Payne and Anna Heilhecker, each with one.
The Wolfpack were 85 of 110 in digs.
Leading the way was Mescher with 28 digs, Krebs had 14 and Selting was credited with 13 digs.
Baylee Wemhoff led the team with 20 set assists, Ally Wemhoff had 15 and Payne added five.
Another key stat was serve receive where the Wolfpack was 51 of 52.
Mescher led the way with 22, Krebs had 12 and Selting added eight.
The win boosted the Wolfpack’s record to 24-1. The loss dropped Burwell’s record to 10-16.
ELGIN — The Wolfpack continued their domination of Neligh-Oakdale on the volleyball court Tuesday night, posting a 25-10, 25-16 victory.
The victory put the Wolfpack back on the right track after a surprise loss earlier in the evening to Riverside (see separate story).
Against the Warriors, EPPJ came out strong to start the match and held the Warriors to single-digit scoring for most of the first game.
A kill by Nicki Payne gave the Wolfpack a 17 to 7 lead midway through game #1. Later, a kill by Elizabeth Selting closed out the game.
The second game was much closer. The Wolfpack pulled away late to seal the victory.
With the score tied 8-all, EPPJ went on an eight-to-two run. Ally Wemhoff had three service points, Paige Meis and Grace Henn combined on a stuff block.
The teams traded points before an ace serve by Calli Krebs made the score 19-12. The Wolfpack then closed out the match with a six to four run.
For the match, the Wolfpack were 41 of 48 hitting with 19 kills. Leading the way was Elizabeth Selting with seven kills followed by Meis with four, Henn and Amy Nelson each had three, Baylee Wemhoff and Payne each had one.
The Wolfpack benefitted from five ace serves in the match. Ally Wemhoff led the way with two, Selting, Nelson and Krebs each had one.
Nelson, Selting and Meis each were credited with one solo block.
The Wolfpack had just eight digs in the match, led by Jordan Mescher with four, Kelsey Welding, Krebs, Nelson and Ally Wemhoff each had one.
Baylee Wemhoff led setters with 13 set assists, Ally Wemhoff and Payne each had two.
Krebs and Mescher tied for the team-high in serve receive with six apiece, Selting had five and Baylee Wemhoff added two.
ELGIN — Twenty points.
That’s the total number of points Elgin Public-Pope John allowed Niobrara-Verdigre on Parents’ Night as the Wolfpack volleyball team swept the match in three games 25-8, 25-5 and 25-7.
It was a match of numbers, big numbers for the Wolfpack as they rolled to their 23rd victory of the season. The loss dropped Niobrara-Verdigre’s record to 4-17.
The Wolfpack (23-1) had eight players register kills in the match as they were 64 of 74 hitting at the net. Senior Amy Nelson led the way with 12 kills followed by Elizabeth Selting with nine, Grace Henn added six, Paige Meis posted three, Nicki Payne had two while Anna Heilhecker, Lydia Behnk and Jordan Mescher each had one.
Other numbers of importance on this night were:
12 — The total number of aces served up by the Wolfpack. Leading the ace parade was junior Calli Krebs with seven, Baylee Wemhoff had two while Mescher, Nelson and Selting each had one.
75 — From the service line the Wolfpack were an impressive 75 of 76 serving.
8 — The total number of solo blocks in the match by the Wolfpack. Selting led the way with three solo blocks, Heilhecker came off the bench to record two, Payne, Behnk and Nelson each had one.
3 — The total number of dig errors in the match. Mescher led the team in digs with seven followed by Krebs with three, Taya Voborny and Baylee Wemhoff each had two, Heilhecker, Henn and Ally Wemhoff each had one.
32 — The number of Wolfpack set assists in the match, led by Baylee Wemhoff with 17. Others with set assists were Ally Wemhoff with seven, Nicki Payne had three, Calli Krebs posted two while Nelson, Meis and Henn each had one.
13 — The total number of Wolfpack serve receive in the match. Krebs led with five, Mescher had three, Selting had two while Welding, Voborny and Ally Wemhoff each had one.
Sometimes the best team doesn’t always win. One can make that argument about Tuesday night’s match against Riverside as the Chargers handed the Wolfpack their first loss of the season.
Riverside won 25-20, 16-25 and 25-18, dashing the Wolfpack’s hopes for an unbeaten season.
The Wolfpack struggled to dig Riverside’s attacks. They had 15 dig errors as opposed to successful digs. In contrast, Riverside was just 25 of 38 in digs.
Another key statistic in the match was serve receive. The Wolfpack had 14 serve receive errors in the match. MaxPreps showed Riverside with just one serve receive error.
For the match, Elizabeth Selting and Amy Nelson tied for the team-high in kills with 12 apiece, Grace Henn had five followed by Paige Meis with three and Baylee Wemhoff had one. Riverside was led by M. Walkowiak with 11.
Riverside had 10 ace serves in the match, eight more than the Wolfpack. Baylee Wemhoff and Selting each had one ace serve.
Nelson, Selting, Nicki Payne and Henn each had one solo block.
Jordan Mescher led EPPJ with nine digs.
Baylee Wemhoff had 16 set assists in the match, Ally Wemhoff had nine, Payne added seven and Selting had one. Baylee Wiaschin led Riverside with 28.
Mescher had a team-high 14 in serve receive, Selting had 10, Baylee Wemhoff added five while Calli Krebs and Payne each had four and Meis added two.
CLEARWATER — The Wolfpack volleyball fans treated their fans to two more victories Thursday night, defeating Orchard/Clearwater and Wausa in triangular action.
Just two days after their biggest victory of the season, the Class D-1’s top-ranked Wolfpack showed no signs of letdown as they swept both matches to remain unbeaten.
Against the Cyclones, the Wolfpack posted a 25-13, 25-14 victory.
Leading 8 to 6 in Game #1, the Wolfpack put together a 12 to one run to seize control. Ally Wemhoff had three service points highlighted by a kill from Elizabeth Selting. Paige Meis had a kill as did Grace Henn. The teams then traded points before Amy Nelson closed out the game with a kill.
Game #2 was tied at 6-all before Jordan Mescher stepped to the service line to give the Wolfpack a lead they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way. Calli Krebs had success at the service line as did Nelson as the Wolfpack built their lead to 19 to 10 on a spike by Paige Meis as EPPJ rolled to their 21st victory.
For the match, Nelson and Selting tied for the team-high in kills with seven apiece. Meis had three, Henn added two and sophomore Ally Wemhoff added one. As a team the Wolfpack was 45 of 55 hitting. The Cyclones were led by Kinzly Macke and JoCee Johnson each with five.
EPPJ was 47 of 48 from the service line with three ace serves, two from Mescher and one from Selting.
A key to the match was the Wolfpack’s play at the net as they had 10 solo blocks. Meis led the way with four, Henn had three, Nelson added two and Selting had one. The Cyclones had just three solo blocks.
Mescher led EPPJ with six digs in the match, Selting had five and Krebs posted four.
Ally Wemhoff led the team in set assists with five, Baylee Wemhoff had four and Nicki Payne posted three. Peyton Clifton led the Cyclones with eight.
Mescher also led in serve receive with six, Krebs and Selting each had four. Kylie Thiele led the Cyclones with nine, Katie Steams and Macke each had eight.
In their first match of the night, the Wolfpack feasted on the Vikings, winning 25-12 and 25-6.
There was little Wausa could do to stop the black-clad Wolfpack’s attack as EPPJ reserves saw considerable action in the latter stages of the match. Taya Voborny, Anna Heilhecker, Kelsey Welding and Lydia Behnk played well coming off the bench.
Junior Nicki Payne had several nice plays at the net in Game #1 as the Wolfpack pulled out to a big lead. Ally Wemhoff closed out the game with an ace serve.
In Game #2, two ace serves by Baylee Wemhoff and two kills from Henn gave the Wolfpack an early 6-0 lead. It would take the rest of the game for Wausa to reach six points on the scoreboard. Behnk came off the bench to record an ace block and Voborny had a kill in the latter stages of the match.
Henn’s final kill of the match made the score 25 to 6.
For the match, the Wolfpack were 43 of 48 hitting with 21 kills. Selting led the way with eight, Henn had six, Nelson added five, Meis and Voborny each had one.
EPPJ benefitted from six ace serves in the match. Krebs and Meis each had two, Selting and Ally Wemhoff each had one. They were 45 of 48 serving (94 percent).
Behnk, Payne, Meis and Henn each had one solo block in the match.
Selting led the team in digs with eight, Mescher had seven followed by Krebs with four, Voborny, Welding, Baylee and Ally Wemhoff each had two and Henn had one.
Baylee Wemhoff led setters with nine set assists, Payne had six followed by Ally Wemhoff with four, Meis and Heilhecker each had one.
Selting led in serve receive with five, Krebs had four and Mescher contributed three.