Volleyball: Tigers upset Galena to qualify for playoffs
The Douglas volleyball team entered the week needing to win one of its final two matches to clinch a spot in the playoffs.
To do that, the Tigers were going to need to beat a team they hadn’t yet beaten this year.
Douglas staved off any last-match, must-win situations by scoring a comeback win over league-leading Galena Tuesday night, winning in four games 24-26, 25-23, 25-17, 26-24.
“Galena is a very good team,” Douglas coach Suzi Townsell said. “They’ve beaten Manogue, Spanish Springs and Reno. They’ve beaten some good teams. It was a really good win for us.”
The win eliminated Damonte Ranch from the playoffs. A Douglas loss Tuesday night would’ve forced the loser of Thursday’s Douglas-Damonte match out of the playoffs.
“Thursday is still a big-time match,” Suzi Townsell said. “You want to come into the playoffs playing your best.”
Against Galena, Douglas fell back 23-15 in Game 1 and appeared to be headed to an abrupt three-game loss.
The Tigers fought back, though, using a 9-1 run to tie the game up at 24 before Galena pushed ahead for the 26-24 win.
“We didn’t make any adjustments after that game, really,” Townsell said. “It was really more a matter of them being aggressive up front and not being timid. We just told them not to give up, to stay aggressive and don’t be dainty.”
Galena ran up a 14-7 lead in Game 2, but Douglas again fought back, first tying it up at 16 and then pushing ahead to the 25-23 win.
Townsell worked some of her younger players, like freshman Ariah Barth, sophomore Jenna Broussard, sophomore Sage Pintler, into the rotation along with seniors Savannah Wartgow, Amanda Wartgow and Heidi Schefcik and the Tigers took control of the match.
“We brought some young girls in off the bench and they came in confident and took it on,” Townsell said. “A week ago, we put them in and they had that deer in the headlights look. Tonight they were communicating and they got us rolling. It’s crunch time and they really stepped up.
“It was great to see from that group. It gives us a lot more options. We know we can go with them if the situation presents itself.”
Douglas got 11 kills from Savannah Wood, nine from Amanda Wartgow, six from Broussard, four from Barth, four from Katie McCullough, three from Cassi Uhart, two each from Shawnee McFadden and Hailey Sclafani and one from Sage Pintler.
Wartgow and Wood each had four blocks, Schefcik had 14 digs, Barth had 10 digs, Uhart had eight and Sclafani and Helena Strauss each had five.
Sclafani dished out 38 assists to go with four aces. Schefcik and Wartgow each had three aces.
Douglas improved to 6-9 in Northern 4A action and 9-16 overall.