Moline went to its bench and found confidence Thursday night.|
The Maroon volleyball team, struggling for confidence, was taken to the brink by United Township before the Maroons got a much-needed shot in the arm with a 25-16, 25-23 Western Big 6 Conference victory.
Moline used a rotation of substitutes in the second game after playing a long tournament last weekend in Moline and ahead of another one Saturday in Bettendorf.
Moline won with patience as United Township senior Oksana Cacari played her best game of the year. The libero denied kill attempt after kill attempt, keeping points alive and rallying the Panthers to a 21-20 lead in Game 2.
But Moline (11-10, 4-4 Big 6) did something it has been trying to do all year, the Maroons dug deep and pulled out a win.
"We need to come together as a team and not get so down when things go bad," said Moline setter Ashley Lewis who had a team-high 11 assists. "Tonight, we got down but came back up."
The Maroons ruined the Panthers senior night, but not all was lost, as UT (5-15, 1-5 Big 6) came to life in the thrilling second game.
"We finally came together as a team," UT coach Callyn Dittmar said. "It's the second half of the season. Now is when we have to step it up and quit making silly mistakes and we eliminated those mistakes in the second game."
Panther sophomore Tayler Dobrinske continues to improve, and had a game-high 16 assists, with Erica Sunken and Courtney Markin delivering five kills a piece.
Moline's Merritt Johnson had a game-high six kills, while Becki Hinz, Marley Patrick and Rachel Butter each had five kills for the Maroons. Hinz had a game-high 15 digs, while Rachael Wilson added 12.
With just two weeks until post-season play, the Maroons are hoping this win will propel them to more.
"We're still looking for that burst of confidence," Moline coach Tim Albrecht said. "We have to take positive events like tonight and strong games and finishes and build off them."
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