EPPJ Sweeps Triangular At Clearwater

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.
Wausa Match
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.