Rockets battle Monarchs
Rockets find way to win
The Minto Rockets volleyball team had their hands full on Monday when the Midway Monarchs came to town to finish their regular season schedule. The Rockets came away with a hard fought victory in four games 26-28, 25-23, 25-14 and 25-17.
Minto’s Faith Maendel led both teams in kills with 11 and Alyx Altendorf led in assists with 22.
Midway’s Katy Snobeck had a great game from the line serving 20-for-20 in the match.
The first game opened with a steady flow from both teams although Minto pulled ahead by six at the 12-6 mark after they went on an unanswered five-point run. The Monarchs chipped away at the lead but Minto eventually held game point at 24-22. Under service by Dominique Martinez, the Monarchs rattled off three straight points to take the lead 25-24. Minto came back to tie at 25-25, then led 26-25 at which point the Monarchs tied the game again at 26-26. SnoBeck then served two in a row for an exciting 28-26 win to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
In game two, Minto jumped out to a four point lead and held it through most of the first half. The Monarchs again clawed their way back into the game and tied the score at 14-14. Minto appeared to close the door with five straight points to lead 19-15 but it was SnoBeck once again that rallied the Monarchs with seven unanswered points to take the lead 22-19. Amber Gerszewski then served four straight points to lift the Rockets to game point at 24-22. Midway scored one more before the Rockets could claim game two 25-23 to even the match at one game apiece.
The Rockets settled into game three taking control and leading by seven as early as the 11-4 mark. Midway struggled to put any consistent runs together contrary to the first two games, and Minto went on to win game three 25-14.
The fourth and deciding game was similar to game three. The Rockets led from the beginning and the closest the Monarchs would come was three points at the 10-7 mark. From there the Rockets cruised to a 25-17 win and took the match 3-1.
Minto finishes out their season traveling to Cavalier on Tuesday and May-Port-CG on October 28.