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Prairie Ridge brushes aside Jacobs

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By Dave Hess
Daily Herald Correspondent

It was a night Jacobs girls volleyball coach Lisa Dwyer would like to forget ever happened.

Sluggish and mistake-prone throughout the entire evening, the Golden Eagles were overpowered by Prairie Ridge 25-17, 25-18 in Fox Valley Conference action in Crystal Lake Tuesday night.

"We had our moments," said Dwyer. "But every time we had some momentum we killed the momentum with hitting errors or missed serves."

The lone bright spot for the Golden Eagles (1-2, 0-1) was the play of junior middle hitter Bridget Wallenberger, who collected 7 kills with 4 blocks and 2 aces.

"Bridget did a nice job," said Dwyer. "She has been pretty consistent all season."

PR's balance and consistency at the net was evident.

The Wolves (2-0, 1-0) received 9 kills from Charli Beam, 6 kills by Kaitlyn Turskey and 4 each from Ali Witt and Aubree Eggers.

Setter Sofia Miranda had 7 assists and freshman MacKenzie Garis delivered 4 assists. Slone Salerno collected 14 digs for the winners.

'I am very comfortable where we are at right now," said PR coach Stefanie Otto. "We have a good mix of upper classmen along with freshmen and sophomores. The younger players have really fit in this year. We have really good team chemistry. I like the improvement we are making this early in the season."

Game 1 was close early as the lead changed hands 6 times. With the score tied at 13, the Wolves scored 5 straight points to seize control.

An ace by Megan Ozga and 2 kills by Turskey were key components in the 5-point surge as the Wolves grabbed a 18-13 advantage.

The Golden Eagles got to within 3, 20-17, on a kill by Allie Campbell. That would be the last point Jacobs would score in the game.

PR ended the game on a 5-0 run with the game winner coming on an ace by Eggers.

PR started fast in Game 2 and Jacobs never threatened.

With Beam collecting 3 kills, Prairie Ridge catapulted to a 9-2 lead. The Golden Eagles whittled away at the lead and got to within 4, 21-17, on an ace from Paige Queffelec.

But the Wolves ended the game and match with a 4-1 run culminated by a kill from Eggers.

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