Ellie Loesch had the game of the season in the back row with 39 digs in South Winn’s quarterfinal game Monday. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Ellie Loesch had the game of the season in the back row with 39 digs in South Winn’s quarterfinal game Monday. (Photo by Becky Walz)

The South Winn volleyball team went down in a hard-fought battle in the Class 1A Region 6 quarterfinals to the MFL MarMac Bulldogs Monday night. Set scores were 26-24, 20-25, 17-25 and 19-25.

“The girls showed incredible heart and kept fighting but it wasn’t enough to get the win,” expressed Coach Glenna Munuswamy.

Game one began in a tight back-and-forth battle for control before the Bulldogs pulled ahead 10-7. South Winn continued to fight and clawed its way even at 17 on a Josie Lennon kill before eventually falling behind 24-21. With Ellie Loesch at the service line, SW dug deep and Gracie Schmitt put the exclamation point on the set with a pair of kills, with the final score 26-24 in favor of the Warriors.

SW fell behind 6-1 in set two and rallied once again with Sierra Breitsprecher serving up a pair of ace kills, eventually giving the Lady Warriors a 10-6 advantage. The set remained close throughout as the Bulldogs turned the momentum with the game two 25-20 win.

Fatigue seemed to set in for games three and four as the Warriors struggled to get their offense working, never gaining the advantage and falling 17-25 and 19-25.

 “MFL really played at the top of their game while we could not seem to find our groove. We didn’t execute our game plan and just struggled for every point,” said Coach Munuswamy. “It’s not the way we wanted the season to end. You always like to go out playing your best ball and that wasn’t the case for us on Monday.”

Sierra Breitsprecher had a phenomenal match with season high 12 kills, eight digs and three solo blocks. Gracie Schmitt pounded out 10 kills with 22 digs, while going 13-for-15 with two aces. Ellie Loesch performed incredibly in the back row digging a season-high 39 balls. MaKayla Hageman snared 15 digs. Handing out 15 assist to go with eight kills and nine digs was Ali Hoffert. Senior setter Sadie McGee dished out an additional 13 assists.