The North Crawford volleyball team traveled to archrival Seneca last Thursday, Oct. 11. It was a tough match-up between two teams intent on post-season success.
The Trojans took the first two games 25-14 and 25-17 with many spike kills from Hollie Martin, Mackenzie Swiggum and Aubrey Stevenson.
Game three was very close and went back and forth several times with scores of 13-13, 18-18 and 20-20. However, Seneca pulled away with Elizabeth Garfoot serving four serves in a row to win the game 25-21.
Game four was a “see-saw” battle once again, and Seneca once more found the advantage 25-21.
And so after four games it all came down to the final showdown.
The Trojans started out strong in game five with 5-0 lead thanks to strong serving from Mackenzie Swiggum. Yet the Indians did not give up, and came back from a 6-10 deficit to take the lead 12-11 thanks to the serving of Nicole Manders.
At this point the Trojans stumbled, making two errors to fall behind 11-14.
With Mackenzie Swiggum once again on the line to serve, the Trojans were able to take the lead 16-15. They then made their move to finish up, siding out and scoring two more points to take the game 17-15 and the match 3-2. It was a hard-fought victory for North Crawford, and a tough loss for the determined Indians.
The 7-1 Trojans finished second in the Ridge and Valley Conference this year behind DeSoto (8-0), who defeated North Crawford earlier in the season after five hard-fought games.
The WIAA tournament begins this week. Sixteen teams (from the local half sectional) were seeded on Sunday, Oct. 7 at Highland with coaches voting for team placement.
The result is that North Crawford (#9 seed) will travel to Seneca (#8 seed) for a 7:00 p.m. game on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The winner of that match will advance to play Barneveld (#1 seed) on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. The regional final game will take place at the highest seed remaining in the tournament on Saturday, Oct. 20. North Crawford will host the sectional final game on Saturday, Oct 27 starting at 7 p.m.
More information and coverage of the North Crawford vs. Seneca match and the match tonight, Oct. 18, against Barneveld, will be in next week’s Independent-Scout.