Sherrard beats Annawan in three games

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Sherrard's Hannah Lavens blocks an Annawan shot Wednesday.

As first matches of the season go, Sherrard's was pretty good. The Tigers came out on top after a three game duel with Annawan. They were also challenged in the contest and responded well.

“I don't know what we are going to work on at the next practice,” said head coach Lori Brown after the match. “Usually something stands out. We missed a few serves. Other than than I can't complain.”

Sherrard beat Annawan 25-8 in the first game lost the second game 19-25 before winning the finale 25-16.

The Tigers jumped out to a 12-0 lead behind the serving of Karlee Rumler in the first game and never looked back winning 25-8.

Annawan set the tone early in the second game with work from their middle hitters. The led 9-4 forcing Brown to call a timeout. Annawan picked up the pace and tooka 20-12 lead forcing Brown to call a second timeout.

Three points from Sherrard's Megan Kissner narrowed the Annawan lead to 21-16 but it wasn't enough as Annawan won 25-19.

“We made a few adjustments and were able to overcome the first game,” said Caitlyn Corwin, the Bravettes head coach. ?“We just couldn't get any momenteum in the second game,” said Brown.

“They were a team of momenteum.

Annawan led early in the second game 4-2 but a big hit from Breanna Hamerlinck ended the Braves run. An ace by Abbey Warner gave the Tigers a 5-4 lead they never relinquished.

Annawan never gave up though cutting the Sherrard lead to 16-13 midway through the contest and forcing Brown to call a timeout. A big hit from Warner ended the Bravettes run and Tiger Katie Kirwan scored three points to give Sherrard a 21-14 cushion. Kills from Hannah Lavens and Allie Matt endded the contest.

“Our chemistry was a little bit on tonight,” said Brown. “The offense played the net well. We were hitting at all angles. The back row kept us in the game.”

“Now we know a lot more about what we can accomplish,” said Corwin. “Now we know what we need to focus on.”

Brown added, “We had numerous players who contributed tonight. I though Allie Matt did a great jomas did Breanna Hamerlinck. Karlee Rumler did a great job of running the offense.”