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Fulda Raiders Battle Murray County Central Rebels - Exciting Varsity Girl's Volleyball Game During Homecoming Week

September 26, 2012

    Brittany Leinen attempts a pass to the front row off a MCC serve. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/ Sheila Crowley
FULDA FREE PRESS/ Sheila Crowley
Brittany Leinen attempts a pass to the front row off a MCC serve.
      Fulda Raider Homecoming King Trevor Ruesch gets the crowd involved in the game. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/ Sheila Crowley
FULDA FREE PRESS/ Sheila Crowley
Fulda Raider Homecoming King Trevor Ruesch gets the crowd involved in the game.
     Fifth and sixth grade girls sat directly behind the Raider Varsity plahers as they cheered their favorite bench buddy during the game. 
  FULDA FREE PRESS/ Sheila Crowley
FULDA FREE PRESS/ Sheila Crowley
Fifth and sixth grade girls sat directly behind the Raider Varsity plahers as they cheered their favorite bench buddy during the game.
by Davina Ethridge, Sports Writer
On Tuesday, Sept. 18 the Raider's bleachers filled with an extra measure of cheering fans for the Varsity Girls' Volleyball Game. The Raider's Pep Band filled six bleachers, and added energy to the warm up routines with some great music. Sitting directly behind the team were fifth and sixth grade girls from Fulda Public and St. Paul's Lutheran Schools. To celebrate Bench Buddy Night, the team provided concession tickets for their special fan club, and loaned out Varsity warmup jerseys for the youth to wear while cheering. Dozens of high school students and plenty of parents and friends were in the gym to see Fulda girls take on the Murray County Central Rebels.

After a beautiful Star Spangled Banner, and announcement of the players, the first game began. The Rebels had the first serve, which went long. Our own Brittany Hermeling's serve sailed cleanly over the net, and had a set-up return from the Rebels, then a block from Rachel Cheadle and Dani Hermeling. But the ball wasn't done! A half dozen volleys between the two sides of the court caused the crowd to take notice, and it looked like we would have a long game ahead, with each team capable of both delivering and picking up hard hits. Each score at the beginning of this game was hard won, and the teams inched up just one point at a time. Another noteable play came when the score was Fulda 3, MCC 5. Cheadle swung the ball across the net with a hard hit that MCC could not return, and the crown roared, causing little kids to cover their ears. Brittany Leinen entered the game when the score was Fulda 4, MCC 6. The Rebels ran up four more points, and Fulda called a time out. One of the high school students put on the Homecoming King's crown and ran with a Raiders flag to rouse the crowd. After the time out, the Rebels were still out scoring us. Then B. Hermeling landed another ace, which fueled hopes and showed the Raider's spunk. A. Schumacher had a great tip to the Rebel's center, which caught them offguard and added another point to the Raider's score. The crowd continued cheering, and the Raider girls were talking well, calling out their play with confidence. When the score was 14-19, Schumacher had a serve go long. Coach Tiesler taught a serving technique from the sideline, and this starting senior learned quickly. Fulda took a time out, scored two more points, and ended the game 16-25.

Starters for Game Two were D. Hermeling, R. Cheadle, B.Hermeling, Myah Holinka, A. Schumacher and Courntey Tiesler. This game started out more slowly, with a long serve on each side, and not much for volleys. Then, when the score was tied 4 to 4, Fulda made a great effort to orchestrate a play from one side of their court to the other, and sent a powerful ball over the net, giving the Raiders the lead. Fulda worked hard to pull ahead by 2, making the score 7 to 5! MCC Rebels responded by racking up 12 points in a row. Raiders stopped their opponent's streak with a spunky block, and then when the score was 10 to 18, A. Schumacher was serving again. She made the correction her coach had showed her in game one, and helped glean two more points for Fulda with a couple of terrific serves. A couple side outs, and it still looked like Fulda could catch up. Mallory Pagel came in for the Raiders, and had a good serve. The Rebels kept their lead, however, and amazingly, this game also ended 16-25.

Game three brought all the excitement back from game one, and the first point of the game went to the Fulda Raiders! The crowd was still into the match, and energy filled the gym. There was a long volley for the second point, and both teams were returning the ball with finesse. The score reached 5 to 5, and the game did not seem at all one sided, there were skillful plays from each squad. The Rebels started taking over with a five point scoring streak. Then B. Hermeling had a powerful spike hit, and the Fulda team bounced back with three more points in a row. The score tied up again at 11-11. The front row Raider girls were full of concentration, eyes glued to the volleyball. Could Fulda pull ahead again? Yes! Raiders took the lead at 13-12, and neither team would get more than one point in a row. Until the Rebels did. At 17-17, MCC ran up 4 more points. Our girls were breathing hard, giving their all. We kept the score close, and at 20-23, B. Hermeling had another kill. The fans erupted with cheers. Who was going to win? The very next volley was long, both teams were working hard and shouting for the play. MCC won it, and the end of the game was 21-25. What a great show from our Raider girls. They never once gave away their game, but played with gusto through the end.



Highlights from B-Squad game

At the onset, our Fulda B-Squaders were a vocal team, calling out to one another with strong cues for play. Once the score was 8 Raiders to 18 Rebels, our calls were not as confident, and we called a time out. The girls re-claimed the court with a dynamic play. Ruth Cheadle had a great pass to Sydney Cuperus, and Cuperus raised the Raider score with a clean kill down on the Rebel's court floor. That marked the Raider's last point in the game, which ended 9 to 25.

The second B-Squad game saw some quick scoring. The MCC Rebels leapt 8 pts ahead, making it 2 to 10. After this, Fulda called a time out, but didn't score again until the Rebels had put 6 more points on the board. This game ended 6 to 25.

Some fresh legs came out to start the third game. Marissa Kunerth, Suzy Pagel, Kasey Hermeling, April Gunderman, and Taylor Kenney took their places for the Raiders. Although MCC had the first serve, the Raiders took the initial lead in the game. The Rebels ended up winning again, but Fulda girls had shown that they could score first.





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