Denver cruises by West Fork, grinds out win against S. Hardin
By Sean Kiefer

After a stellar 25-14 regular season, the Cyclones earned a high seed in the postseason and earned a bye week. Coming out of the week, the Cyclones had to challenge the West Fork Warhawks at home on October 28. The Cyclones came out and swept the Warhawks 3-0 and advanced in the postseason. The Cyclones played again Thursday at the Cyclone Center against South Hardin.

In the first set, the Warhawks and Cyclones both came out strong. Emily Caspers held the front line strong for the Warhawks while Allison Bonnette held the frontline for the Cyclones. Throughout the first set, the Warhawks and Cyclones went back and forth until, with the help of the Cyclone backline of Tiffani Wright and Kate Clinton, the Cyclones pulled ahead and took the first set 25-16.

Throughout the second and third sets, the Cyclones used a nice balance of offense and defense to roll past the Warhawks. Reese Johnson, Grace Hennessey, Wright and Clinton spearheaded the defense with several digs, blocks, and saves apiece. The offense was led by Bonnette, Sydney Eggena, and Kayla Knowles who had several kills and aces each.
In a post-game interview with Cyclone Head Varsity Volleyball Coach Mara Forsythe, she said, “The girls brought an energy that I know was always there, but it wasn’t always consistent.” She added, “They’re ready for Thursday’s match-up and the tough postseason road ahead of them.”

Wins Over South Hardin

After Denver’s big win over West Fork, the Cyclones looked to keep that momentum heading into their match-up against the South Hardin Tigers. Even though the score says 3-1 and may make you think it wasn’t a close game, it was a very close and exciting game.

In the first set, the Cyclones came out strong. Reese Johnson and Kate Clinton worked as a dynamic duo to score several kills, aces and digs to help the Cyclones get to 19-13. The Cyclones finished it off with Kayla Knowles and her several aces to win the first set 25-21. The second set was a shootout in the end, the set going to 30 total points for one team. The Tigers and Cyclones got tied at 25 with the help of Grace Hennessy on the frontline for the Cyclones and Emma Salvo for the Tigers. After being at 25 each, the Cyclones and Tigers went back and forth until Ellie Anderson finished off the Cyclones with 2 consecutive aces to win the set for the Tigers 30-28.

The third and fourth sets were mostly Cyclone dominant, with Jordyn Foelske and Allison Bonnette leading the way offensively with several kills and aces each. Defensively for the Cyclones, Tiffani Wright stepped up and got several digs and saves. In the end, the Cyclones won the third set 25-18, the fourth set 25-13, and the game 3-1.

Coach Mara Forsythe said, “We’re excited and taking things one at a time. It was about getting through tonight and we did that.” See images provided by The Scrappy Trib on pages 8 and 9.
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