CEDAR RAPIDS —
That’s when the Rockets showed great pride and skill of their own. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont began to rally thanks to a kill from Tasha Alexander, blocks from McKinley Moore and Sadie Baugher, and a few surprising misses from Dike-New Hartford.
Suddenly, the Rockets had cut a nine-point deficit down to 23-19, prompting Wolverine head coach Diane Harms to use her first timeout of the night.
“We’re the type of team that’s not just going to lay down. That’s not in any of our personalities,” Taylor said. “When they started making mistakes, that’s what really gets us on a roll. We started doing better and picking up on each other’s intensity.”
“I think we just wanted it. We got lucky a few times, but more than anything we just wanted to make a run at them,” Alexander added.
Lizzy Blough stopped the Rocket surge with a kill and an impressive dig of a nasty Dike-New Hartford serve drifted wide on the return, giving the Wolverines the 2-0 lead. Still, the 25-19 loss seemed to bolster the Rockets’ hopes in the match.
“It’s a game that seems be so much about momentum,” Genskow said. “The momentum had switched back to our side. We just put together one point after another and we started to capitalize when they started trying to tip it past us instead of continuing to hammer us at the net.”
The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont rally seemed to do more to wake up the Wolverines, which got back-to-back winners from Blough during the 19-5 run that opened the third game. Once again, however, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont didn’t just go away as the Rockets scored five straight points to pull within nine and nearly kept the run going when a Sadie Baugher kill just sailed out of bounds.