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Wynot vanquishes defending state champs

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LINCOLN - Wynot volleyball rallied back early to defeat defending D2 state champion Exeter-Milligan in the first round on Thursday.

The Lady Blue Devils came out cold, quickly going down 7-0 before coach Tammy Wieseler was forced to call an early timeout.

“We’ve had the tendency to do that every now and then in some of our matches towards the end of the season. We try not to give up too many points in a row and stay in the game early, but it has seemed we have been letting matches get away from us early in the game.”

Things did not get much better early on, as the Lady Timberwolves continued to build on the lead to 21-10 over the Lady Blue Devils.

This is where Wynot made its move. Back-to-back ace serves by Katelyn Heine cut the lead to eight and forced a timeout. 

“I think because we are a young team we just had a lot of jitters and we needed to get it out of our system to go get it,” said Heine. “We got them out of our system and went for it.”

Heine would go on a run from the service line, earning third and a final ace serve of the night, and Wynot would work back to 22-17. Exeter Milligan would call its second timeout leading 22-19, but suddenly Wynot had taken all the momentum, and air out of the gym.

Wynot won the next six points to take a 25-22 first set win.

“It was huge, the first set was huge and we didn’t get down on ourselves. That was a big part of the game.”

Wynot continued into the second set, taking a 7-0 lead, but then Exeter-Milligan would go on a run of its own to take the set 25-18 and tie up the match at one set each.


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