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A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn

A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn
The multi-ethnic building was the original home of the music department at UMM. (B.W. photo)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Hitting errors take toll for MACA in rare defeat

The photo shows Del Sarlette (left) and the late Tom Hesse in their tradition of wearing their MHS letter jackets for Homecoming. Tom Hesse, RIP.
Special note: The Morris Sun Tribune newspaper recently published its "statement of ownership" which has circulation numbers. Paid circulation is down about 40 percent from where it used to be. That's quite a drop.
Fans were treated to some fine back-and-forth rallies Thursday night (10/13) at the MACA gym. The habitually winning Tigers did not win on this night.
Everybody knew the orange and black would have its hands full against a high-caliber opponent. That opponent was Sauk Centre. The Streeters have played several more matches than the Tigers. They turned back our orange and black crew in an intense match Thursday, 3-1. Sauk came out of the night with the quite rich win harvest of 25 on the season. Wow! The Tigers came out of the night with a 20-3 season record, with two of those losses having come in a Twin Cities tournament.
Here are the Thursday scores with the MACA numbers first: 20-25, 25-9, 25-27 and 14-25. Yes, game 2 had quite the promise for MACA taking charge. Sauk Centre was able to make adjustments to squeak out the win in game 3, and continued on a solid course through the end. The Tigers were dealt their first conference loss of the season.
Click on the link below to read about the MACA football team's first loss of the season, experienced Friday at BOLD (Olivia). This post is on my companion website, "Morris of Course." As always, thanks for reading and God bless. - B.W.
Sauk Centre 3, Tigers 1
Sauk Centre entered the night as the No. 11 state ranked team in AA. The Streeters and Tigers have battled twice this season. Previously the teams fought through the maximum five games with the Tigers winning 3-2. The Streeters have not lost since.
Why did the Tigers fade Thursday following that most promising game 2? The best explanation is hitting errors. We had 35 such errors in all. Sauk Centre was quite sharp in the blocking department.
Karly Fehr had three serving aces for the Tigers. In her specialty of setting, Karly put up 43 assists. Brooke Gillespie, Nicole Solvie and Koral Tolifson each had one set assist.
Gillespie and Ashley Solvie each pounded down 14 kills. Two other Tigers had double figures in kills: Jenna Howden with eleven and Nicole Solvie with ten. Karly Fehr added one kill to the mix. Ashley Solvie executed five ace blocks and Jenna Larsen had one. Riley Decker excelled in the defensive phase with 30 digs. Gillespie dug up the ball 26 times and Karly Fehr had 15 digs. Koral Tolifson came through with ten digs, and Howden and Larsen each had seven.
Coach Kristi Fehr was quoted in the media: "(Sauk Centre) did a good job blocking and we just made too many errors."
Tigers 3, Minnewaska 0
Prior to the Sauk Centre match, MACA took care of business vs. the 'Waska Lakers, winning by sweep. Scores were 25-16, 25-9 and 25-8.
Karly Fehr's set assist total on this night was 25. Jenna Larsen had two set assists, while Riley Decker, Koral Tolifson and Bailey Marty each had one. Tolifson produced three serving aces while Brooke Gillespie and Karly Fehr each had one. In the crowd-pleasing hitting department, it was Gillespie at the fore with ten kills. Ashley Solvie had eight kills, and the list continues with Nicole Solvie (7), Jenna Howden (6), Karly Fehr (6), Larsen (1) and Riley Decker (1).
Ashley Solvie had three ace blocks and Gillespie had one. It was Decker excelling in digs with 12. Karly Fehr had nine digs, Gillespie had eight and Cassidy Fehr five.
For Minnewaska, Taylor Amundson had ten set assists. Carley Stewart was team-high in kills with five. Abby Ver Steeg and Ellie Danielson each had four kills. Amundson and Danielson each had one ace block. Amundson dug up the ball ten times.
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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