The Lady Norsemen welcomed the Plano Reapers to their cozy gymnasium with the entire Newark side packed with fans wearing their Newark blue. On this rainy Friday night, the home team completely dominated both sets as they swept the visitors 25-4, 25-16.
The first set only saw a few servers come to the line for Newark as Taylor Christian started the night with six straight serves, which included two kills from KJ Friestad and one from the outside hitter, Megan Williams. After a quick side out, Cassidy Adams served a couple, including an ace. With the score 7-2, Naomi Sweeney pounded down a kill from the right side. That led to Friestad running to the service line. After a handful of serves and a couple of monster kills by Madi Malone, Plano was finally able to side out the Norsemen. Newark quickly got the ball back, which gave Sweeney the ball to serve. With the score 12-3, Sweeney would serve the next 11. She was helped along with a couple of big blocks and kills by Mattie Chapman, several more kills from Malone, and a couple of aces of her own. Newark finished set one in just under 14 minutes.
The second set saw the Reapers battling back, but the Norsemen continued their onslaught of kills and aces. Additionally, the Lady Norsemen only allowed a handful of kills against them as the Newark defense was all over the back row led by Meggie Scott (7 digs). Sweeney had six digs, Malone four, and Williams and Adams each added a pair.
Malone led the offensive attack with 10 kills, while Chapman nailed down four. Williams and Friestad each had three in the match. Malone added two aces and a block while Friestad and Kenna Borton also recorded blocks for the victory.
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The Lady Norsemen are still unbeaten in the Little 10 Conference after defeating the visiting Bobcats of Somonauk in straight sets 25-6, 25-9. That moves Newark's record to 19-1 (5-0).
Madi Malone was named the Papa John's Player of the Game after hitting .818 with 9 kills. Malone was perfect from the service line, 12 for 12, dropping in 4 aces during the match. She led the team defensively as well, digging up 6 balls. Mattie Chapman hit .750 with 6 kills and 2 solo blocks. Megan Williams pounded down 7 kills while serving 100% from the line (6 for 6). Taylor Christian and Meggie Scott were both perfect from the line as well. Christian put in an ace, finger-pushed 19 assists, and had 4 digs. Scott added 5 more digs to her current school record, making her total at 1,380. Kaitlyn Hatteberg was 6 for 6 in serving, putting in 1 ace and threw down a kill on an overpass. Naomi Sweeney had 2 aces and 3 digs while Cassidy Adams had an ace and 4 digs.
Newark will play tomorrow at home for their homecoming match against Plano. The JV match starts at 4:30 PM and the Varsity match is scheduled to start at 5:30 PM. The Newark High School staff will be selling food for the homecoming game, so bring some cash to buy a pork chop, porkburger, or hotdog.
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Second verse, same as the first...Newark found themselves in the gold bracket at the Mt. Pulaski Fall Festival and their opponent in the semi-finals was once again the Sabers of St. Thomas More. Last year, St. Thomas finished with a third-place trophy at the IHSA 2A tournament. This year, they reloaded and are making a run in class 3A. One of the girls that made a huge difference for the Sabers was Coach Kelly McClure's sophomore left-handed daughter, Anna. One fan was heard saying, "That lefty was a ton...when she was in the front row and got a set on either pin, there was nothing we could do." In the end, the Sabers repeated their previous year's efforts by defeating the Lady Norsemen, 25-19, 25-23.
Newark fought hard throughout the match, including a great run from the service line by sophomore KJ Friestad. She served up 3 aces in her run and had the Norsemen with the lead. After a quick time-out by McClure, the Sabers jumped back in front to eventually take the set and match. Mattie Chapman had a solid game, hitting .833 (5 kills) while Madi Malone pounded down 11 for the two-set match. Malone, Meggie Scott, Megan Williams. and Cassidy Adams all were perfect from the service line.
After suffering its first loss of the season, the Lady Norsemen didn't have much time to worry about it as the 3rd place game was to be played immediately. After a quick warmup session, Newark took the court against the Hornets of Eureka. Eureka was able to beat the host team, Liberty, and Taylorville on their way to the championship bracket. The Hornets lost to the eventual second-place team (Maroa) in the semi-finals in order to find themselves facing the girls from Newark.
Newark was dominant from the opening serve by Adams until the final play of the second-set when Newark won the match, 25-10, 25-8. Scott was a ton from the service line, having 3 aces with a 15 for 15 serving. Malone, Chapman, Williams, and Friestad were strong at the net against Eureka. Malone had 9 kills, Chapman added 5, and Williams and Friestad each pounded down 4. Chapman and Friestad each added 2 blocks, while Kenna Borton, Williams, and Malone each had 1. Taylor Christian had 23 assists in the match while sneaking in a kill of her own.
St. Thomas More won the championship of the tournament against Maroa in two-straight sets, 25-21, 25-14.
Newark is now 18-1 (4-0).
PLEASE NOTE, DIGS WERE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS REPORT AND IN THE FINAL STATS. THEY WILL BE ADDED AT A LATER DATE.
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In the third match of pool play down here at the Mt. Pulaski Fall Festival, the Lady Norsemen were able to shoot down the attack of the Macomb Bombers, winning in two sets, 25-17, 25-13.
With the netplay of Mattie Chapman, Megan Williams, KJ Friestad, Naomi Sweeney, and Madi Malone, the Bombers weren't able to figure out how to get past the wall being put up. Many times when the snuck one past the block, the defense was in a position to pull up the ball, including a team-leading digs by Meggie Scott with 11 followed by Cassidy Adams with 6.
Malone added to her career kill total by nailing down 11 while Chapman and Williams were strong, hitting 6 and 4 respectively. Chapman and Sweeney each added two blocks, while Sweeney was able to serve up 2 aces. Taylor Christian had 23 assists with no errors. Friestad, Malone, and Williams all recorded a block in the Norsemen defense. Lex Lohrey, Scott, and Malone were all perfect from the service line in this final match of pool play.
The Lady Norsemen will now play at 1:00 PM in the semi-finals against 2A powerhouse St. Thomas More out of Champaign. The Sabers are currently 13-1 in the season and are one of two teams that defeated the girls from Newark in the 2018 season. Last year's loss came during this same semi-final match in three sets (26-28, 27-25, 15-11). In addition to the Norsemen and Sabers, the other two teams in the championship bracket include the Eureka Hornets (9-4) and the Maroa Trojans (12-2).
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The girls from Newark made the 2+ hour trip down to the Mt. Pulaski Fall Festival. As predicted, the competition was going to be strong and the Norsemen would be challenged. However, after the last ball was served long in the second match, the Lady Norsemen tallied their 16th victory in a row.
In the 5:00 PM match, Newark started firing on all cylinders as they completely dominated the opening set (25-9) against the near local Lutheran team from Springfield. The Crusaders came into the match with a solid 10-2 record. After the Lady Norsemen set Madi Malone and Megan Williams a few more times, the Crusaders would fall to 10-3 on the year. The final score of set two, 25-8. Newark improved to 15 wins.
Malone finished with 14 kills, 7 digs, 3 blocks, and perfect serving. Williams pounded down 6 kills, 1 block and ace, and also served 100%. Taylor Christian was spot on tonight with her sets, putting up 23 assists with zero errors while serving 15 for 15 from the line scoring 2 aces. On top of that, Christian had 4 digs and kill to boot. KJ Friestad had 3 blocks and 3 kills, while Mattie Chapman added 2 blocks for the match. Meggie Scott had 6 digs, 10 for 10 serving, and 3 assists.
In the 7:00 PM match, the Eastland Cougars brought their A-game to Mt. Pulaski. In the first set, the Norsemen could not get into system, allowing a dozen kills by their opponents. The first set went to the Cougars, 25-22. In the second set, a quick adjustment by Coach Grayson had the Lady Norsemen getting several more touches at the net, creating more opportunities for the defense to get more digs and even better passes. The second set was controlled by Newark most of the way, winning 25-19. In the third set, the race to 15 was on. The Norsemen started with the serve and led the entire set, including point number six being awarded due to a red card given to the Cougar bench. That led to an eventual long serve by Eastland and the Lady Norsemen won their 16th of the year 15-10.
Williams had a solid game with 10 kills, 2 aces, a block and a dig. Malone pounded down another baker's dozen while getting 4 digs, 1 ace, and 1 assist. Chapman was crushing the ball for 7 kills, 4 digs, and 2 blocks. Christian finger-pushed 27 assists, dug up 8 balls and was 7 for 7 from the service line. Scott led the defense with 9 digs while Sweeney popped up 8 of her own. Friestad was strong again from the line, serving 10 for 11. She also pounded down 2 kills on 3 attempts while digging up 3 balls of her own. Cassiday Adams was zeroed in from start to finish, hitting all 9 of her serves.
Newark will now play Macomb tomorrow at 10:00 AM at Zion Lutheran School located at 203 S Vine St, Mt. Pulaski, IL. Macomb is currently 2-0 in the pool play as well, beating both teams in two straight. This evening, they defeated Lutheran, 28-26, 25-18.
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Madi Malone and the Lady Norsemen traveled to Earlville to not only take care of business within their own conference but to prepare for their weekend down in Mt. Pulaski. For the girls for Newark, that meant they needed to hit the ball well, work on their passing, and put serves in for points consistently. Newark did just that, winning the match in two straight, 25-10, 25-15.
Malone was dominant, pounding down 14 kills, no errors, hitting at an astounding .636 for the evening. Along with her kills, Malone had 2 aces (5 for 5 from behind the line), 5 digs, and a block. Mattie Chapman had 8 kills, 3 blocks, 3 digs, and an ace. Taylor Christian had 22 assists, 4 aces on 100% serving, and 3 digs. Megan Williams had 4 blocks, 5 digs, 2 kills, and an ace on 5 for 5 serving. Meggie Scott added to her all-time high digs by leading the Norsemen with 8 for the night. KJ Friestad and Naomi Sweeney were perfect from the service line and each had 3 digs. Cassidy Adams added a couple of aces and digs for the final stat line.
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Newark will now head to the Mount Pulaski Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
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After almost 10 years, the Newark Lady Norsemen have won their 75th regular-season conference victory in a row after a two-set win against the visiting Timberwolves of Indian Creek. When the final kill was punched down, the match was scored as 25-18, 25-17 for the home team. Newark is now 13-0.
Madi Malone led the way with 10 kills, while the other outside hitter, Megan Williams, smashed down 6. Naomi Sweeney added 4 kills while junior setter Taylor Christian had 21 assists on the two-set win.
Newark will compete against Earlville in Red Raider country on Thursday and then head to the Mount Pulaski Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
The JV and Freshmen both won their matches tonight against Indian Creek.
The Lady Clippers of Amboy made the long journey to Newark on Monday night. The Clippers had a few highlight moments, but the Lady Norsemen force was too strong as the trio of six-footers pounded down a combined 18 kills in the quick match that continued Newark's perfect season of 12 wins and 0 losses. The final score was 25-8, 25-11 for the varsity match.
Mattie Chapman (Sr) ended the match with a team-leading 7 kills (.583) and added 8 for 9 serving, three digs, and a block. Naomi Sweeney (Sr) was everywhere defensively, leading the Norsemen with 10 digs while serving 100% from the service line tonight, sneaking in a couple of aces. Taylor Christian (Jr) finger-pushed 20 assists and had two blocks including a solo block. Madi Malone put down 6 kills, 6 digs, and added one ace toward her career count, while Megan Williams had 5 kills, 2 aces (9 for 9 serving), and a dig. Meggie Scott was also perfect from the service line, had four digs, and had her first kill of 2019. Cassiday Adams also had a solid game from the service line and as the defensive specialist. She served a dozen times, had an ace, and dug up 6 balls during the win against Amboy.
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The 12-0 Lady Norsemen will play at home against Indian Creek on Tuesday night.
The girls from Newark traveled to fellow conference school, LaMoille, on Thursday night. With a 73-game winning streak in the regular season of the Little 10 conference on the line, the Norsemen did their job to secure #74 with convincing victories, 25-8, 25-5.
Mattie Chapman led the way with 9 kills and a solo block while Naomi Sweeney had 6 kills. Sweeney was perfect from the service line and slipped in an ace. Taylor Christian finger-pushed 21 assists during the 33-minute match. Megan Williams slapped down 6 kills as well. Cassidy Adams was superb tonight, serving 10 for 10 with 2 aces. Morgan Long also served 100% tonight, putting 6 serves in a row and scoring an ace.
The Lady Norsemen are now 11-0 and will have the weekend off. Their next match will be on Monday (9/16) at home against Amboy.
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Game Notes: Madi Malone was not able to play due to sickness.
The Indians of Sandwich made the trip to the home of the defending Class 1A State Champions homecourt in Newark, IL. Sandwich was coming off of a 7th place finish at their 16-team tournament hosted at Joliet Central over the weekend while the Lady Norsemen were celebrating their first-place hardware at the Manteno Tournament. When the ball was tossed out from the down judge to Cassidy Adams to serve, the girls from Newark were ready to take care of business. After a few back and forth points in the first set, it was all Newark, as they won in two straight sets, 25-16, 25-15.
Madi Malone had another stellar evening at the net, crushing 12 kills, blocking two attacks, digging up 4 balls, and serving a perfect 7 for 7 from behind the line. Megan Williams had a great game with 7 kills, 2 digs, and serving 1 ace on her 7 for 7 night. Taylor Christian finger-pushed 23 assists, while helping defensively with a career-high 12 digs. Christian was also perfect from the service line, putting in all 9 of her attempts, while slipping one of them by for an ace. Meggie Scott, who was recognized before the match for her record-setting digs, added 11 more to the leader board while adding an assist to her stat line. Mattie Chapman pounded down 4 kills, blocked 2 attacks, served up 7 for 7 with 2 aces, and had an assist and dig.
The Lady Norsemen will have a tough battle tomorrow night against a tough 2A Rosary volleyball club. The Royals are always a good matchup and we look forward to broadcasting the match when Newark travels to Aurora.
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Madi Malone is our West Hauling and Landscaping Player of the Week for week 2 of the volleyball season. Malone had 61 kills during the week, hit .452, served 69 for 70 with 14 aces and pulled up 40 digs during Newark's big 6-win week. Madi is 27 aces away from tying the All-Time school ace record, currently held by Laura Anderson (Johnson) ('05-'08).
For the third season in a row, the Lady Norsemen defeated the host Panthers of Manteno in the Championship match. Like the previous two seasons, Newark was able to win the 1st place trophy in two straight sets. This year, they outpaced Manteno, enrollment of 664, 25-23, 25-18. The team was led by Madi Malone (Jr) who pounded down 18 kills, served up 7 points, and had 8 digs. Taylor Christian (Jr) had 28 assists, 4 digs, and 1 kill and block. Meggie Scott (Sr) had 12 digs to lead the defense while tossing up 3 assists. Megan Williams (So) slammed down 8 kills to go along with her 2 digs and ace, while Mattie Chapman (Sr) crushed 4 kills while serving up an ace. Naomi Sweeney (Sr) led the team in serving, having 10 in the match including an ace. She also had a kill and a couple of digs.
The tournament started at 8:00 AM at the Manteno High School gym where 8 teams were put into two pools. Including the Manteno pool were Watseka, Flanagan, and Clifton Central. Competing against Newark in their pool were Thornton Fractional North (TF North), IL Lutheran, and Grant Park.
Newark's first match took place at 9:00 AM against the Meteors of TF North (enrollment 1,405). That match featured Scott getting the all-time record dig for Newark High School when the score was 21-4 in the 1st set. Meggie now has 1,273 digs after the completion of Saturday's tournament. You can read about the record here. While Scott was getting her 14 digs in the match, KJ Friestad (So) was crushing down the Christian sets 5 different times. Christian ended the match against the Meteors with 20 assists, 4 digs, and 2 aces. Malone had another well-rounded match with 9 digs, 8 kills, and 3 aces, serving 17 for 17 in the match. The won the match in two straight sets, 25-6, 25-15.
The 11:00 AM match scheduled for Newark was against Illinois Lutheran High School out of Crete. With the multiplier, the Chargers have an enrollment of 220. After a little back and forth, the Lady Norsemen took charge of the first set to defeat their opponents 25-12. IL Lutheran was able to get some nice kills down in the second set, but the onslaught of kills by Malone (9), Williams (7), Chapman (5), and Friestad (4) was too much for the ladies from the River Valley conference and ended up losing 25-16. Sweeney added to the win with 2 kills, an ace and a block, and a team-high 11 digs. Christian tossed up 23 finger-pushes while getting involved with 2 blocks during the match. Friestad (2) and Williams (1) added assisted blocks to the stat-line and Chapman had a solo-block to go along with her match-leading 13 for 13 serves, sneaking in 1 ace.
The last pool-play game, played at 1:00 PM, was against IL Lutheran Conference foe, Grant Park (enrollment 179). According to MaxPreps, Grant Park was ranked #1 in class 1A, just ahead of the Lady Norsemen. If you know anything about MaxPreps ranking, they go off of "strength of schedule" and record, with "strength of schedule" being their highest weight in ranking. Although the girls from Newark weren't aware of this, the Norsemen went out to hunt down the Dragons right off the bat, blitzing them from the start, including a 13 serves streak by Malone, including 4 aces. When the set was over, the Dragons were slayed 25-7. The second set was much more competitive, but still ended Newark scoring 25 before Grant Park was able to get to 20 (25-19). Sweeney once again led the team defensively, having perhaps a career-high 20 digs while hitting down 2 kills and blocking 1. Christian also had a career game with 28 assists and a kill. To go along with Malone's aces, she had a baker's dozen kills and 6 digs. Chapman pounded down 7 kills with no errors while having another solo-block and 3 digs. Scott added to her total with 9 digs and 2 assists while Williams had 5 kills.
Madi Malone, Mattie Chapman, and Taylor Christian were named to the All-Tournament team.
Stats for the Matches
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Newark is now 8-0 for the 2019 season and will play Sandwich at home on Monday night, starting with the 4:30 PM freshmen match. MSW will be covering the varsity match against the visiting Indians of Sandwich.
PAPA JOHN'S PLAYER OF THE GAME
The record that has been held for nearly a decade by Newark Alumni, Sam Eddy, has been overcome by Newark's single-season digs record-holder, Meggie Scott. Scott, who plays Libero for the defending State Champion Lady Norsemen, was able to dig out her record-breaking dig (#1,242) against Thornton Fractional North (aka TF North) with the score 21-4 in the first set. Scott ended the match with 14 digs.
Scott has 285 digs her Freshman season, 359 during her Sophomore year, 543 last season to break the single-season record, and now has a total of 86 digs for the first 8 matches of the year during her Senior campaign.
Congratulations to Meggie Scott for her great accomplishment!
The Lady Norsemen traveled to Kirkland last night to take on the Hawks of Hiawatha. The girls are starting their 2019 volleyball campaign against Little 10 opponents. On the line for the ladies from Newark is a 9-year undefeated regular-season record which started after their conference matchup in October 2009 against Leland-Earlville Coop. After last night's victory, the Lady Norsemen won their 73 conference match in a row, beating the Hawk, 25-8, 25-11.
Mattie Chapman and KJ Friestad each with 5 kills, Lexi Long and Megan Williams with 4 kills each. Taylor Christian with 19 assists and 4 digs was our Papa John's Player of the Game, while Naomi Sweeney served up 5 aces. Meggie Scott led the team with 8 digs...she is only 9 digs away from the all-time record at Newark High School (currently held by Sam Eddy, Class of 2010). Meggie has 1233 digs in her varsity career.
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Newark is now 4-0 for 2019 and head to the Manteno Tournament on Saturday.
GO LADY NORSEMEN!!!
"They are firing on all cylinders," commented one person as they spoke about the Lady Norsemen's performance in front of another capacity crowd at Newark Community High School. The reigning state champions looked like they were in mid-season form as they served up aces, dug balls that were impossible to dig, passed balls to the setter like the serves were backyard pepper drills, and pounded the perfect sets like the ball was sitting on a tee...all during the third match of the 2019 campaign. The Lady Norsemen squashed any luck that the Lady Irish of Seneca brought into Newark city limits. If you weren't there, you missed a good one!
One of the highlights of the evening came in the second set with the score 16-4. A free ball came over to Naomi Sweeney who passed it perfectly to Taylor Christian who put a perfect set up for junior, outside hitter, Madi Malone. Malone got a perfect tip over the top of a double block to score her 1,000 kill in her career (watch the play here). Malone ended up adding one more kill in the evening before being subbed out. She grabbed the all-time kill leader last season and continues to add to the record on every successful one. Along with her kills, Malone ended the match with a team-high 4 aces and was able to come up with 9 digs.
Mattie Chapman had a big game at the net, pounding down 7 kills on 10 attempts, had a solo block, 2 digs, and an ace. Christian had her career-high assists tonight with 24 finger-pushes and no errors to go along with her 3 digs to help in the cause. Meggie Scott led the team defensively with 13 digs, while Sweeney pulled up 8 digs, had an ace and a kill. Megan Williams crushed 6 kills to go with her 3 digs. Cassidy Adams continued her perfect streak from behind the line, serving 10 in a row, including 9 points and 1 ace. Adams also added two digs as a defensive specialist.
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The Lady Norsemen head to Hiawatha on Thursday (we will not be broadcasting that match). On Saturday, the girls head down to the Manteno Early Bird Classic where they are the two-time defending champions. We will send a tournament schedule some time tomorrow.
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After a very long wait through some wonderful volleyball played by the freshmen and junior varsity programs, the varsity team took the court (about 40 minutes later than scheduled). A large crowd was gathered at Lisle High School for the Lady Norsemen's first away match. When Madi Malone served her last ace of the match, Newark claimed victory in two quick sets, 25-12, 25-11. The match in total lasted just shy of 35 minutes in all.
Malone led the way, being named Papa's John's Player of the Game, by hitting .500 for the evening, which included 13 kills on 20 attempts. She added 3 total aces on her 5 serves while pulling up 4 digs. Mattie Chapman crushed down 4 kills, had 8 service points, and two blocks. Taylor Christian had 19 assists and 2 aces off of her team-best 12 serves. Meggie Scott led the way defensively with 7 digs. Megan Williams and KJ Friestad each had 3 kills, while Naomi Sweeney and Friestad shared a pair of assisted blocks in the second set. Cassiday Adams continue her perfection from behind the service line, now serving 13 for 13 on the year.
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The last time the Lady Norsemen stepped on the court during the season, it was on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena where they hoisted a large first place trophy into the air. However, that was last season and this season is brand new, including several new faces. The Lady Norsemen welcome Morgan Long, Bella Marlo, Kaitlyn Hatteberg, and starter, 5'11" middle-hitter, KJ Friestad. After losing a handful of starters to high school graduation, Coach Tonya Grayson reorganized the team. Besides Friestad at middle, Taylor Christian (Jr) has taken the key role as setter (replacing future Newark Hall-of-famer and record-holder, Olivia Nelson). Naomi Sweeney (Sr-Captain) switched her role as a defensive specialist (DS) to a right-side hitter (R) and DS. Cassiday Adams (Jr) will continue her role as DS, Meggie Scott (SR-Captain) will continue as libero, where she holds the season record for digs, while Megan Williams (So) will still be hitting from the outside. Mattie Chapman (Sr-Captain) will be in the front row again blocking in the middle where she currently holds the all-time and season records for blocks. Madi Malone (Jr-Captain) will also be in her same positions, playing all the way around. Malone has broke the season record in kills each year in her first two years, while holding the all-time career record by a far margain.
After a quick nod to the 2018 season, which included a standing ovation, the starting lineups were announced. The first set went back and forth with an eventual tie at 20-20. Eventually, the Lady Norsemen's serving prevailed, winning 25-22 against the 1-0 Crusaders of Marquette. That set up a highly anticipated second set. The crowd was huge. One fan reported not being able to find a parking spot at the high school, grade school, or a nearby road. With the student body cheering against each other, the Lady Norsemen started getting into a rhythm and started pulling the Crusaders out of system. Behind 12 kills by Malone, our Papa John's Player of the Game, the girls from Newark started running away with the second-set after a 10-1 run. Williams also added 5 kills along with an amazing foot-dig which led to an eventual kill. Megan added 3 aces to her stat line to lead the Norsemen. Christian ended with 14 assists in her first varsity start in her career. Scott pulled up a team-high 15 digs, while Sweeney added 8. Chapman and Friestad both pounded down 3 kills to eventually seal the two-set win (25-22, 25-14).
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