AAA STATE TOURNAMENT, quarterfinals, Xcel Center, St. Paul, Thursday 11.10.2011
HUTCHINSON tigers 3, BLAINE bengals 1
(18-25, 27-25, 25-15, 25-18)
Unseeded, and unranked (at least top 10) Hutchinson upset #1 seed Blaine in the
first quarterfinals of the AAA tournament. It was all about error points as Hutch limnited theirs while Blaine was in a giving mood. Blaine won the first set thanks to one massive 8 point run, 7 of which came on Sydney Dimke's serve. But the trends were already there for the Hutch upset win. #1 Hutch actually had a better FSSO 11/15 to 10/14. Also Hutch only gave away 4 points compared to Blaine's 5.
It was the second set that got away from the Bengals. IT was also the most dramatic and nailbiting. In that critical set the Bengals gave away 16 points. Hutch led 24-21 and had three set points slip away from them as Blaine tied it at 24 and then pulled ahead 25-24 on a Lydia Dimke kill. But a Blaine hitting error tied it again. Madison Messner served up an ace to give Hutch another crack at set point. Blaine gift wrapped the set with another hitting error, their 11th of the set.
The third set broke open with a 10-0 run, 9 of which came off the serve of Courtney Fox. Fox had 3 aces in that run. The Block game for Hutch also cranked up with three in that stretch. The Tigers led 18-4 and Blaine had burned through both time outs. A four point Blaine run renewed some life in the number 1 seed. The hole was too deep to dig out and Hutch won on a kill by Taylor Trautman.
It looked as if Blaine was going to force game five with the way they started the fourth set with a 5-1 run. But three of those points came on Hutch errors. The Tigers would only give away three more in the set. The wheels came off for Blaine again on Fox's serve when they added seven to their total to make it 9-5. Another Hutch run of three made it 15-10 and Blaine took their first time out. A Blaine run of three headlined by two straight Hutch hitting errors closed the gap to 17-14 and forced a Tiger time out. The closest Blaine got after that was 18-16. Ellie Van De Steeg went to the service line and came up with four more Hutch points starting off with an ace. It was only a matter of time with side outs after that and Hutch ended the match on their second set point attempt with a kill by Molly Monahan.
Hutch had two players reach double figure kills with Trautman leading the way with a lucky 13. Lydia Dimke topped Blaine with 8 kills---six in the second set.
EARNED POINTS PER SET
ALLOWED POINTS PER SET
BY THE NUMBERS
team, fsso/fsso attempts; fbso %; points, % earned; % allowed
Hutchinson 28/47-.596; 95; .621; .253
Blaine 26/46-.565; 83; .747; .379
runs 3+: Hutchinson 10; Blaine 10
string: Hutchinson 10; Blaine 8
missed serves: Hutchinson 4; Blaine 8
free balls sent: Hutchinson 19, Blaine 14
time outs: Hutchinson 4/6-.667 Blaine 2/6-.333
set point %: Hutchinson 3/8-.375; Blaine 1/2-.500
1. Messner 17-16 .515
2. Monahan 11-12 .478
3. Fox 29-19 .604
4. VanDeSteeg 14-12 .538
5. Stamer 8-11 .421
6. Carlson 16-13 .552
1. L Dimke 17-13 .567
2. Wohlers 13-22 .371
3. Trost 13-22 .371
4. S Dimke 14-10 .583
5. Dordan 15-13 .526
6. Brown 11-15 .423
totals: 83-95 .466
RACE TO ...
set 5 10 15 20 25
1 H H B B B
2 H B B H B
3 H H H H H
4 B H H H H
teams 1 2 3 4 5
Hutchinson 1 3 14 7
Blaine 9 3 0 4
Hutchinson Left 517; Middle .298; Right .105
Blaine Left .271; Middle .390; Right .390