Wolfpack Sweep Triangular At Central City

CENTRAL CITY — Elgin Public-Pope John continued their winning ways Thursday night, defeating Nebraska Christian and Riverside at a triangular.
Boosting their record to 9-2 with the victories, the Wolfpack were never seriously threatened as they won both matches in two games.
Against the Lady Eagles, the Wolfpack faced their stiffest competition, winning 25-23 and 25-20. Having lost just two matches prior to facing the Wolfpack, the Lady Eagles had a four-point lead midway through the first game before the Wolfpack began to take control. Kills by Hayley Stamp and Liz Selting helped fuel a rally which saw the Wolfpack take a 16 to 15 lead. The teams traded points the rest of the way, but the Lady Eagles were never able to regain the lead. Junior Jenna Parks had a block at the net on game point to close out the first game 25 to 23.
In Game Two, the score was tied 17-all when the Wolfpack made their move. Three service points by Parks staked them to a 20 to 17 lead. The teams traded points before kills by Terri Seier and Selting helped finish off the game and the match.
For the match, Selting led Wolfpack hitters with eight kills, Seier had six and Parks added five, Stamp had two while Jordan Mescher, Taylor Schumacher and Nikki Beckman each had one. Nebraska Christian was led by Cassidy Ostrand with 13 kills.
Parks led EPPJ in ace serves with four. The Wolfpack had six solo blocks, Schumacher and Seier each had two, Parks and Stamp each had one.
The leader in digs for EPPJ was Parks with five, Baylee Wemhoff had three and Selting added two.
Parks recorded a team-high 11 set assists, Wemhoff had nine and Beckman added three. Mescher again led the Wolfpack in serve receive with 12, Sharla Schindler had eight.
In the second match of the night, EPPJ defeated Riverside 25-11 and 25-19.
In Game One, the Wolfpack broke the game open early. Leading six-to-five, the Wolfpack outscored the Chargers19 to six the rest of the way. The Wolfpack dominated the net as Parks, Selting, Seier and Stamp all had their moments to shine with kills set up by set assists from Wemhoff. A key to the success the Wolfpack had was strong back row play by Jordan Mescher, Sharla Schindler and Amy Nelson.
In Game Two, Riverside had the advantage early as momentum helped propel them to an 18 to 11 lead. Then Wemhoff stepped to the service line. The sophomore’s strong serves ate up the Chargers as she had 13 consecutive points. Helping the cause was the strong play of Seier and Schumacher teaming up to block at the net.
Selting closed out the match with a kill which caught the line.Against Riverside, the Wolfpack had 22 kills at the net. Leading hitters were Seier and Selting, each with seven kills, Parks had three followed by Stamp and Beckman with two each, Schumacher had one. Riverside was led by Brandy Herley with four kills.
The Wolfpack had seven ace serves in the match, led by Parks with two, Schindler, Wemhoff, Schumacher, Selting and Mescher each had one. Leading Riverside was Baylee Wlaschin with four ace serves.
Seier led EPPJ with four solo blocks. Schindler led the team in digs with five, Wemhoff had three while Parks, Schumacher, Selting, Mescher and Nelson each had two.
Wemhoff led the Wolfpack with 10 set assists, Parks had six while Beckman, Schumacher and Seier each had one.
Mescher led the Wolfpack in serve receive with six.