NORTH MANCHESTER — On Aug. 29, the Manchester Lady Squires visited Whitko for a volleyball match. The Lady ‘Cats defeated their opponent in three games.
Their first meeting was not considered a conference match. However, on Thursday evening the two teams battled at Manchester for Three Rivers Conference bragging rights.
The outcome was like their first meeting — with Whitko prevailing — but this time needing five games in order to leave Wabash County with the winning edge. Whitko outlasted the Squires 15-25, 25-17, 25-22, 18-25, 15-10.
Digging a hole for itself and allowing Manchester to win rather easily in game one 15-25, Coach Brandy Smith’s team had to regroup in order to prevail for their first conference win of the season.
“Manchester was a different team then what we saw when they were at our place back in August. They came out and were strong at the net, and they were so aggressive with hitting the ball. We came out a little apprehensive, but we settled down and played pretty well,” said Smith.
In game two, the Wildcats built a 10-0 margin in the early going and were never threatened. Manchester would get as close as 17-12; but the dominant play of senior Whitney Hobbs at the net kept Whitko in control.
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