Suring delivers clean sweep of Tigerton in volleyball action

Dustin Riese

The Suring Eagles couldn’t have asked for a much better opening to their 2023 volleyball season as they continue their hot start. After dropping their season opening match in straight sets, the Eagles have responded with three straight match victories — including a straight-set win over Tigerton on Aug. 30 — to move to 3-1 on the season.

While the straight-set win is always nice, one has to look a little deeper to see just how dominant the Eagles actually were in victory over Tigerton. Not only did Suring dominate most sets, but they didn’t concede more than 16 points in any of those three sets, which paved the way to a dominating win.

Coach Carly Hanson loved the way her team came out and sent a message during the entire match.

“I am extremely proud of the girls’ effort from start to finish,” she said. “They came out focused and managed to minimize our mistakes while capitalizing on theirs. This was a complete team effort.”

A match may not be decided in the first set, but a team can certainly set the tone for what is to come the rest of the night. The Eagles did that and more as they conceded a couple of early points before sinking their teeth in and taking complete control. At one point, it looked like they would run the table as the Tigers were searching for answers, only to fall in the first set 25-8.

“That was one of our best sets this season,” Hanson said. “It’s not too often when you can get on a run like we did and make it hold up. We were in complete control from the start, and the girls made sure they weren’t going to let Tigerton back into the set. If we can play like that on a nightly basis, we are going to be tough to beat.”

The second set was no different as the overall balance of the Eagles continued to give the Tigers fits across the board. Even with McKenzie Hoffman and Aaliyah Lederhaus having some success at the service line with three aces, the Owls refused to crack as their front line continued to dictate the tempo of the game.

Even with the Tigers hanging around a bit longer than expected, Suring eventually got back into their game as Claire Pommerich, Bailey Stuart and Tessa Losurdo started to contain the Tigerton offense to gain momentum on their own end. That helped the Eagles pull away as they took a 2-0 match lead with a 25-13 set two win.

In what was a win-or-go-home set for the Tigers, Suring knew they had to keep focused as Tigerton was going to come at them with everything they had.

Tigerton continued to rely on several perfectly placed serves, but Lillian Welch and Samantha Suehring started to get involved up front as they combined for nine kills, with most of them coming in that final set. For the first time all match, it seemed like the Tigers had control of a set as Suring was in a much tougher battle this time around.

Mashya Seefeldt, and Autumn Degrave did a phenomenal job playing in the middle as they managed to stop any momentum the Tigers had to help the Eagles settle in to their offense. Once that happened, it was the presence of Pommerich, Stuart and Losurdo on the outside as they continued to find holes in the Tigers defense from the front line.

Just when it looked like the Eagles were about to pull away again, Tigerton battled back as they didn’t want things to end without at least trying to force a fourth set. However, good teams find ways to battle through adversity and win and Suring is a good team. Whether it be the mental toughness of the seniors or the great overall play from front to back, the Eagles took the Tigers’ best shots from start to finish and managed to finish off what they started, 25-16, to sweep the Tigers.

“We have steadily improved every match, and that is all you can ask for,” Hanson said. “The goal throughout a season is to get better with every match. We have been able to do that, and it is something we would like to continue as the season goes on.”