STATE CENTER – A good start didn’t hold up for Collins-Maxwell-Baxter Oct. 29 as the Raiders suffered a four-set loss to West Marshall in Class 2A regional quarterfinal competition in State Center.
CMB pulled off a thrilling 27-25 victory in the opening set. The Raiders jumped out to a solid lead and held off a late Trojan rally for the win.
"We were really fired up and ready to play," CMB head coach Scott Ranck said. "We were talking, moving our feet, passing the ball well and being aggressive with our serving and hitting."
The second set saw CMB continue to have the upper hand to start things off. The Raiders raced out to a 12-5 lead, but they went flat later in the match to allow West Marshall to rally and hand them a 25-20 defeat.
"When we hit about 18 points, the wind just left our sails," Ranck said. "All of the sudden we made a couple of mistakes, kind of got down on ourselves and started not moving our feet or passing well and West Marshall took advantage."
CMB never fully regrouped after the loss. They were overpowered by scores of 25-13 and 25-12 to drop the match.
"We are disappointed in the result," Ranck said. "We kind of feel that if we could’ve just scored two or three more points in that second set, we would’ve won not only that set, but the match. I credit West Marshall for taking advantage of our miscues to help their runs. They did what they needed to do, and stepped up when they needed to step up."
For the match CMB had 33 kills against 17 errors in 112 attacks for a .143 kill-efficiency rate. The Raiders totaled 61 digs and 10 blocks and they went 64 of 73 serving with eight aces.
"Several of our girls had pretty good matches," Ranck said. "We hit a respectable .143 and had 33 kills, which is a pretty average for us. We also had 61 digs, which is a little above our average. Statistically it was a pretty good night, but the two things that came back and got us were things we’ve been talking about all year – being able to pass the ball accurately and playing with energy and confidence."
Junior Alex Hlavacek stepped up and led CMB in kills with 10. Abbie Haupert had eight kills, eight digs, six blocks, two aces and two assists in the final game of her outstanding career.
Payge Jurgens chipped in six kills, six digs, four blocks and one ace; Abbey Appelgate added five kills, 11 digs and three aces and Katie Ziesman came through with 11 digs, four kills and one ace.
Mackenzie Schmitz dished out 26 assists and added nine digs, Bridget Hurley totaled nine digs, Toni Spencer finished with six and Hannah McWhirter went 11 of 14 serving with one ace.
CMB finished the season at 12-11.