PREP VOLLEYBALL: Rockford knocks out resilient D-C squad

COKATO – There are many layers to a volleyball match. Three to five separate sets, all containing their own twists, turns, runs and lulls. Sometimes box scores don’t tell the whole story, as was the case Nov. 5 in a Rockford sweep of Dassel-Cokato (25-22, 25-19, 26-24).

The Chargers, coming off a 3-0 loss to the same opponent on Monday, have yet to win a match all season, but their performance Thursday was a play or two away from turning the tide. Falling behind 18-11 in the first frame, D-C made a gritty run to cut the deficit to 23-21, but it wasn’t enough to win the set.

From the opening serve, the Chargers’ on-court mentality seemed squared up with Rockford’s. Staying close on the scoreboard until Rockford hit double digits again — when the Rockets went up 18-11 once more — required another comeback. This time it was an 8-5 spurt to make things interesting at 23-19. But Rockford closed things out 25-19 quickly afterward.

Things finally broke the other way for the home team in the third game as D-C grabbed their first mid-set lead 17-16, and pushed ahead 23-20; could they extend a match to four frames for the first time in almost two weeks? The back-line defense, led by libero Emily Aho, was critical to the lead.

Rockford’s season kill leaders Lauren Loegering, Sophie Bremel and Kylee Sauers responded to go ahead 24-23 and set up match point. D-C’s comeback didn’t need to be big here, but they tied up the set at 24. What looked like an advantage for the Chargers on the next point was a violation in favor of Rockford, and a miss on the attack for D-C ended the contest in a sweep 26-24 after it looked like the night would go on.

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