Lady Tomahawks go 2-0 in weeks matches, secure postseason spot

Senior outside hitter Nancy Couls is all smiles just before serving against non-league foe Shorewood Tuesday, Oct. 17. -
Senior outside hitter Nancy Couls is all smiles just before serving against non-league foe Shorewood Tuesday, Oct. 17.
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MARYSVILLE After struggling in their non-league portion of the schedule, the Lady Tomahawks have come roaring back in Wesco North action to qualify for postseason play.
M-P defeated league foe Cascade 3-2 Thursday, and started the week with a 3-0 non-league sweep over lackadaisical Shorewood 48 hours earlier. Both matches were in the Jim Linden Field house.
Games scores against the visiting Lady Bruins were 17-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-16, and 15-11.
The Lady Tomahawks improved to 5-1 in league play and 8-4 overall while Cascade fell to 2-5, 3-9.
Senior middle blocker Laura Degerness recorded eight kills and 13 digs. Classmate Kristeen Juarez contributed 12 kills and Myranda Dudgeon had 10 kills.
The Lady Tomahawks volleyball team made quick work of the visiting Lady Thunderbirds of Shorewood in their first three-game sweep of the season.
The 3-0 non-league victory took a little more than one hour in the Jim Linden Field house in front of a scant and unusually quiet crowd Tuesday, Oct. 17.
Game scores were 25-15, 25-14 and 25-11.
M-P improved to 4-1 in league play and 7-4 overall while Shorewood fell to 1-8, 1-15.
The green and white clad Lady Thunderbirds appeared to have a lack of communication throughout the match while watching shot after M-P shot fall to the floor.
Conversely, M-P worked great as a team as juniors Anna West recorded an ace and Juarez made a great kill while senior Nancy Couls made an athletic dig in the first game.
Its peanut butter jelly time the energetic and funky teen song blared across the public address system.
The Lady Tomahawks began the second game with a 4-1 lead before Shorewood rallied to knot the score at 4-all.
Dudgeon made a great kill to reestablish their lead at 7-4 and M-P led 12-8 when Shorewood called their first timeout.
M-P sailed on to a 20-11 lead en route to their second consecutive victory at 25-14.
With their long black socks pulled up nearly to their knees, M-P once again opened up with a 4-0 advantage before Shorewoods offense woke up.
M-P led 10-5 before Shorewood called their first timeout, and the hosts continued their aggressive play on their way to their smooth and relatively easy 25-11 victory and sweep.
Couls finished the night with nine kills, 10 digs and two aces.
Five-foot-10 junior setter April Bobadilla contributed 17 assists in the winning effort.
Coach Shelly Johnson said afterward that it was nice to have a quick match.
We usually play to the level of our opponents, but it was nice to see them (M-P) maintain a higher level tonight, Johnson said.
She said last week the teams goal was to win the first game of the match, and against Shorewood they were aiming for a clean sweep.
We played well and passed well tonight. We did a good job of getting the ball to the setter. It was a good team effort. Miranda has really been coming on lately and it was nice to be able to use some bench players.

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