Scouts use comeback to triumph over Tigers

Freshman Payton Andel begins to set freshman Lauren Vandenberg. Andel had 36 setting assists against East Butler.

Allie Daro

On Tues., Sept. 5 the David City Scouts volleyball team tucked another win under their belts against the East Butler Tigers in a four-set victory.

The Scouts began the first set with a 5-0 run. However, a timeout and then a kill by the Tigers flipped the energy. Misserves, balls in the net, and a few other errors sent the ball from team to team. It stayed close, ending when the Tigers took set one 25-22.

“We had a very slow start to the game. It was evident from the start of the JV game too. We were missing our spark, our talk, our trust in teammates,” Head Volleyball Coach Emily Maresh said. “Throughout the match we began talking, and with talk, trust in teammates comes.”

Turning the Scouts’ momentum around, a kill by senior Chaquoya Givens started the second set for the Scouts. They began with a lead of 3-0, but a few rallies kept the score tight. The Scouts got the ball back with a lead of 18-15 and senior Bethany Tebbe back to serve. Tebbe served nine points before the Tigers recovered. The Scouts sided out and ended the second set with a 25-16 win.

“Olivia Couch had an amazing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th set at the net,” Maresh stated. “Payton Andel also really stepped up in the setter’s position mixing up the sets and keeping the other team guessing where we were going to go.”

The serve went back and forth between the teams to begin the third set. Eventually, the Scouts took the lead and slowly increased it, leading to a final score of 25-16.

Although the fourth set began with a few errors, the Scouts ended up winning 28-26. The Scouts’ finish in set four came after a comeback from a 22-14 deficit. The first kill to begin their rally came from Tebbe, and junior Macy Svoboda had a nine-point serving run to give the Scouts a 23-22 lead. However, everyone on the court had their share of digs, assists, serves, and kills to get them out of their rut, along with increased communication from the team as a whole.

To finish the fourth set, kills were contributed by senior Olivia Couch. Many other front row players hit the ball, but the Tiger defense prevented them from recording kills. Juniors Morgan Eickmeier, Olivia Bell, Svoboda, and freshmen Payton Andel also added to their digging statistics, and Andel had multiple setting assists. Servers within the two-point win margin included seniors Renee Backstrom, Givens, and junior Allie Daro.

“The girls showed a lot of heart as well as a not-giving-up attitude the fourth set. They dug deep and played together to make a comeback,” Maresh said.

The Scouts also have a busy upcoming week. Their next game is at home on Tues., Sept. 12 against Madison with JV beginning at 5:30 p.m. and varsity starting around 6:30 p.m. They also play on Thurs., Sept. 14 at the Milford Triangular where the first game will begin at 6:00 p.m. The varsity will end the week on Sat., Sept. 16 playing at the Fairbury tournament starting at 9:00 a.m.