MORLEY — First place in the Central State Activities Association was at stake on Tuesday when Silver Division powers Kent City and Morley Stanwood met for the second time this season.
Kent City won the first match between the two 3-2.
Tuesday, with the Mohawks needing a win to keep their title hopes alive, Morley Stanwood won a 3-2 thriller which included a 19-17 win in game 5. The two teams are now tied for first.
The Eagles won the first 25-18, the Mohawks took the second 25-20 but it was Kent City 25-11 in the third. The Mohawks won the fourth 25-21 to force a fifth game which they won.
In the second game for the Mohawks, kills by Brooke Brauher and Braelyn Berry gave the hosts a 16-13 lead. Kent City rallied to tie it 18-all. But Brauher had a tip. Berry a kill and Kent City a net error to give the Mohawks 25 points.
In the third game, Erica Bull had a tip and two aces for a 13-3 lead and the Eagles would dominate the game.
The Mohawks took early leads in the fourth game and hung tough to take the win. Madison Garbow’s kill made it 17-13. Brauher’s kill made it 18-14. The Mohawks made it 24-18 and hung on for win.
The Eagles fired out to a 3-0 lead in the fifth game and later built it to 8-3. Berry’s ace cut it to 9-7 and two more points made it 9-9. Garbow’s tip made it 10-9. Grace Timmer’s kill made it 13-11. It was 14-12 Mohawks, then 14-14. Brauher’s kill made it 15-14. The teams battled to a 16-all tie. The Mohawks had a net violation but tied it 17-17 and an out-of-bounds hit made it 18-17. A Timmers’ block sealed the win for MS.
For the Mohawks, Berry had 24 kills, Brauher 13 and LaPreze, Garbow and Timmers had seven apiece.
“What was nice about that is when you see our stats, our offense is a lot of times two-dimensional with Brooke and Braelyn,” Mohawk coach Robin Kozuch said. “A lot of times, other players stepped up with Landry and Grace and Madison too; they really started to swing. Out overall hitting percentage for the match was 272, which is good for us and general.”
In blocks, Brauher had five. LaPreze had 30 assists, while Emily Cornell had 24. Berry had 40 digs Brauher had 30 and Brooke Edgerly had 15.
“Kent City did a nice job of passing and digging tonight” Kozuch said. “We served pretty tough.”
Brauher and Ayiana Sims had two aces apiece.
“I thought we played really well,” LaPreze said. “We had moments of being down but I think we came back together as a team really well.”
“We talked a lot tonight, and that was really good,” Sims said.
The Mohawks host a quad on Saturday.