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HERE IT COMES: Joseph's Tiffany Zimmer (8) hits against Elgin Friday night. Joseph won a close, hard-fought match in four games. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).
HERE IT COMES: Joseph's Tiffany Zimmer (8) hits against Elgin Friday night. Joseph won a close, hard-fought match in four games. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).

By Raenelle Kwock

Observer Staff Writer

ELGIN — The Joseph Eagles fought off the Elgin Huskies in a hard-fought Wapiti League volleyball match Friday.

The Eagles pulled off a 25-17, 18-25, 34-32, 25-23 victory.

Joseph coach Kendall Hayes said the Eagles had the best match she has seen them play.

After a relatively easy win in Game 1 for the Eagles, the Huskies fought back in Game 2 to even the match at 1-1.

Hayes said the Eagles had a letdown in Game 2 and she thought they became overconfident after their first game win.

The Huskies took a commanding 20-10 lead in Game 2 after a kill by Amber Looslie.

Momentum swung back and forth in Game 3. The Huskies trailed 20-16 before going on a scoring spurt, which was punctuated by Kristin Thamert's kill tying the game at 21-21.

With the score 24-23 in favor of Joseph, an Eagle hitting error sent the game into extra points.

There were eight ties as both teams dug deep and battled the rest of the way. Anna Yost's kill finally put the Eagles ahead 33-32. The Huskies hit the ball out to end the game at 34-32.

"I think they played really well," Elgin coach Twila Ivins said.

The Huskies jumped out to leads of 6-0 and 15-6 in Game 4 but could not fend off the Eagles as they slowly crept back into the game.

Elgin's Mary Alice Tucker served four points in a row to build the lead to 15-6. Then, Moncrief's serving helped the Eagles cut the deficit to 15-13.

Yost's kill knotted the game at 17-17. An Eagle hitting error tied the game at 20-20. A couple Elgin errors led to the Eagles' 23-22 lead, which put them ahead for good.

Hayes said Amanda Exon and Sienna Isaak came off the bench in clutch situations and did a good job. She added that Beth McClaran served consistent and Alayna Brink served tough.

Yost had 13 kills, six blocks and 37 digs. Holly Parker had eight kills, three blocks and 23 digs. Haddie Carpenter had five kills and six blocks. Julie Butterfield had five kills and six blocks. Tiffany Zimmer had 25 digs. Moncrief had 26 digs and four aces.

Joseph (2-4 league) travels to Pine-Eagle, while Elgin (0-6 league) plays at Enterprise Friday.

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