Ipswich Tribune -

Lady Tigers get wins in play last week


September 4, 2019

Halie Feldman (13) and Lindsey Grabowska (2) at the net in a home-court match last week.

Ipswich won a pair of high school volleyball outings last week to open its 2019 campaign, one at home and the other on the road. Credit the Lady Tigers with a 3-0 Lake Region Conference sweep over Aberdeen Christian last Tuesday in Aberdeen, as well as a much closer 3-1 win over non-league opponent Highmore-Harrold two nights later in the Tiger Den. That one was capped by a hard-fought 27-25 victory of the third set after the visitors had erased their deficit to 2-1 with an equally tight 25-23 win.

All the matches with H-H had momentum swings. The hosts held on for a 25-19 win of the opening set. (Their two largest leads of nine points during the set were 21-12 and 22-13, respectively.) The second set was even closer throughout, eventually captured by Ipswich's 25-22 win that was capped by a Lindsey Grabowska kill. She would finish with a team-high 10 kills. Next was Hailey Bierman with eight. The Lady Tigers recorded a total of 41 kills among their 135-158 evening at the net. All that was enabled by some efficient setting that included 36 assists. Twenty were from Heinz and 11 by Bailey Pitz.

At the service line, Ipswich totaled nine aces, led by Chesney Olivier with four and Halle Heinz with three. In digging, Ipswich came up with 90 digs, led by Chesney Olivier with 29 and Grabowska with 17. The team added a total of five blocks.

The numbers were quite decent for a first match of the season, at the AC match last Tuesday. Ipswich won it 25-16, 25-11 and 25-18. Ipswich had finished with 27 kills according to its official statistics and seven of those were from Avery Sylte. Grabowska added six and Paige Mehlberg, four. Ipswich was 71-79 in serving with nine aces, led by Pitz with three and Heinz and Kendra Osborne with two each. Ipswich notched 27 set assists, led by Heinz with 17.

The Lady Tigers had three blocks and added 55 digs, led by Chesney Olivier with 20 and Grabowska with 10.

Ipswich was to host Groton Area on Tuesday in a battle of the Tigers and will next host Waubay/Summit here on September 5. A September 10 meeting will be in Onida at Sully Buttes and both of these are of the non-conference variety.


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