Storm Lake overcame a stunning defeat in set three and a late deficit in the following set and emerged victorious in a Lakes Conference volleyball match Tuesday night in Spencer.
Spencer jumped on top 4-0 in the opening set, but back-to-back aces by Maddy Raveling tied it at 7-7 as part of a 7-0 run that put the Tornadoes up 10-7. Storm Lake didn’t relinquish that advantage, led by as many as six, and took the set 25-21.
Storm Lake was dominant in the second set, one in which they never trailed. The Tornadoes racked up 11 straight points on their way to a 25-9 second set win.
The Tornadoes carried that momentum into set three. They raced to an 8-0 lead on their way to a 17-3 advantage. The Tigers refused to fold as they scored seven points in succession as they started the climb back. Storm Lake still let the set 22-13 after a kill by Avery DeHaan, but a 10-0 run by Spencer put them ahead 23-22. Storm Lake tied it on a Hailey Anderson kill. After Spencer went ahead again, Storm Lake tied it, and then went up 25-24 on a kill by Kenzie Harder, but the Tigers scored the next three points to miraculously take the set 27-25.
Storm Lake led for much of set four. A kill by Audrey Koskey finished off a 5-0 run to give the Tornadoes their largest advantage of the set at 14-9. Spencer shook that off and took the lead at 17-16. Storm Lake called their last timeout of the set after Spencer went ahead 22-19. The Tornadoes took control from that point, and consecutive kills by DeHaan gave Storm Lake a 23-22 lead. The Tornadoes scored the next two as well to wrap up a 25-22 win, and the match in four sets.
Storm Lake’s 2nd win this year over Spencer puts them at 6-14, handing the Tigers (7-17) their 11th straight match defeat. The Tornadoes don’t play again until next Thursday, October 5th at Emmetsburg.