The last time Ada-Borup was swept in a best-of-five match happened in last year’s state volleyball tournament. Win-E-Mac did so then, and again Thursday, sweeping the Pine-to-Prairie conference leader in Ada.
Win-E-Mac (16-3) not only swept Ada-Borup (17-1) for the first time since last November, but it also dealt Ada-Borup it’s seasons first loss, 25-19, 25-15 and 25-15.
Win-E-Mac’s front row controlled the match from the opening serve to match point. Shelby and Olivia Kaster and Korbyn Ross rejected numerous kill attempts by Ada-Borup’s primary hitter in Tiffany Strand, limiting her to a season-low 7 kills.
“The block was very effective against us,” Ada-Borup coach Ruth Hayden said about Win-E-Mac’s big three. “Their height constantly coming shut us down completely. We tried hitting through the block, but they were too huge for us.”
Strand’s low kill-count wasn’t due to anything but Ada-Borup’s inability to simply weather Win-E-Mac’s hitting attack with blocks and digs. Then again, the kills came from the same three Patriot’s who dominated with their blocks, the two Kasters and Ross, altogether totaling 36 kills.
“Unlike [Win-E-Mac], we couldn’t block at all tonight,” Hayden said. “If we don’t get a block, the back row can’t dig up the spikes that are coming as fast as they were tonight. I felt sorry for our defensive players.”
Ada-Borup’s smallest deficit was in game one. Leading 19-14, Win-E-Mac committed mistakes that allowed Ada-Borup to pull within two, 20-18. But the small margin was short-lived, as Win-E-Mac rebounded to go on a 5-1 game-ending run; and the run was led by what other than the Patriot’s front row.
That two point separation would be the closest Ada-Borup would end up being to Win-E-Mac. Ada-Borup trailed by seven the entire second game, and the third game was much of the same.
“I said it Tuesday night, we had to play with hardly any mistakes on defense to win,” Hayden said referring to Tuesday’s sweep over Norman County West. “We had more than we could bear, and once we got ten or however many points down, we lost our focus and everything went downhill from there.”
Ada-Borup will quickly need to find a way to get going back uphill. Next week provides the perfect opportunity, as Ada-Borup travels to Twin Valley to face Norman County East. A team Ada-Borup beat in the Ada-Borup Invitational championship match September 10th.