Following two errors, junior Anna Kudick hammered a kill off the block to put Mauston in front 23-18, but the lead quickly evaporated. Wisconsin Dells rallied with the match’s final seven points, including five Mauston errors, an ace by sophomore Maddie Brandt and a block to take the first stanza, 25-23.
While surprising the opening set wasn’t a precursor of things to come as Mauston quickly regrouped according to Wafle.
“I think we had to just relax, focus in and stop trying to overplay,” she said. “We just had to play Mauston volleyball and not let what they were doing get in our way of playing how we play.”
It showed the rest of the way as the Eagles staved off the pesky Chiefs. Wisconsin Dells built off its momentum in the opening set by starting the second on a 10-5 run, including a block, a kill and an ace from junior Sophie Venne.
Mauston quickly answered with a 6-0 run and the squads later tied at 11, 12, 13, and 16 before the Eagles pulled away. A 5-1 run, capped off by three consecutive Quist kills, gave Mauston the necessary cushion to put away the second set 25-18.
The Golden Eagles followed things up with a 25-19 win in the third, but it didn’t come easy. Mauston built a comfortable 19-9 lead but slowly the Chiefs chipped away, Wisconsin Dells responded with an 8-3 run to pull within 22-17 but a kill by Wafle and an ace by senior Paige Navis helped the Eagles set the win.