Fillmore Central survives scrap with Diller-Odell, hands Griffins their first loss of the season Tuesday
ODELL - Fillmore Central (16-7) had knocked off a No. 1 ranked team, Hastings St. Cecilia of Class C-2, back on Sept. 21 on their home floor.
On Tuesday night, the Panthers knocked off another No. 1 team - this one on the road and in a different class.
Fillmore Central controlled sets two and three, and held on to beat No. 1 Diller-Odell (21-1) of Class D-1 in five sets Tuesday night in Odell.
The Panthers handed the Griffins their first loss of the 2019 season, and ended a streak of 49 straight sets won by Diller-Odell.
Fillmore Central jumped on the Griffins right from the get-go, grabbing a 22-18 lead in set one. However, the Griffins reeled off a 7-1 run to take the first set, 25-23.
Sets two and three, however, were rarely in question. The Panthers got ahead early and hardly ever lost the lead in either frame. Fillmore Central won sets two and three by the identical score of 25-19.
Set four was much more competitive and the Griffins again came from behind to win it 25-23.
Fillmore Central built a 10-6 lead in set five before Diller-Odell grabbed an 11-10 lead and forced a Panther timeout. Out of that timeout, Fillmore Central went on a 4-0 run to force match point and eventually win set five, 15-12.
The Panthers, who have four starters that are 5-foot-10 or taller, matched Diller-Odell's intensity on offense throughout the night, and also finished with 10 blocks as a team.
Offensively, four starters finished with six or more kills for Fillmore Central. Senior outside hitter Halle Theis led the attack with 17 kills, four blocks and two ace serves.
Sophomore setter/right side hitter Lexi Theis contributed nine kills, two blocks and an ace. Seniors Macy Scott and Erin Schmidt each added six kills of their own. Scott had a team-high three aces.
Throughout the night, Fillmore Central was the better serving team. The Panthers knocked down 11 aces compared to seven by Diller-Odell.
Service errors were a more glaring issue. The Griffins had 14, while the Panthers committed only eight.
Freshman outside hitter Karli Heidemann was still phenomenal for Diller-Odell in defeat with a match-high 20 kills. She also had two aces and a block.
Senior middle Mackenzie Vitosh also shined with 15 kills and a match-high five blocks. Senior middle Emily Swanson was strong off the bench with eight kills and a block.
Junior Addison Heidemann had a team-high four aces along with three kills.
Both teams get back to work on Thursday. Diller-Odell heads to Pawnee City for a triangular with HTRS. Fillmore Central, who's won four of their last five, head back home to host Sandy Creek.
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