MORRISON – Trailing Erie 20-19 in the third and decisive set, Morrison rose to the occasion.
The Fillies reeled off four straight points and shortly thereafter secured a 25-19, 16-25, 25-21 Three Rivers North win over the Cardinals on Thursday night at Morrison High School.
"On Tuesday, we had a really disappointing loss to Riverdale," Fillies coach Jennifer Medenblik said. "I don't think we could have played any worse, so for us to play the way we did tonight, I'm really proud of the girls. It's what we needed to restart our season, because we've had a disappointing start."
After an errant Erie serve evened the score, the Fillies' Brooke Ryan served up an ace, Adrienne Banks provided a kill, and a Cardinal hitting error gave Morrison a 23-20 lead.
Following a Fillies hitting error, Banks and Lakin Goodman closed out the match with consecutive kills. Goodman had a match-high 13 kills.
"Our team has been working on coming back," Goodman said. "We knew that we could get it. We really wanted to get this one."
Morrison (5-9, 2-4) started strong, jumping in front 9-4, thanks to two kills apiece from Goodman and freshman Brooke Stralow.
The Fillies built a 24-14 lead before Erie (14-6-1, 4-2) made things a bit more interesting by pulling within 24-19. A Banks kill sealed the deal.
"We felt it right from the beginning, but we knew they'd fight back," said Goodman, who had six first-set kills.
Fight back the Cardinals did, despite being without middle hitter Rachel Cobert and setter Mary Chapman. Cobert has a sprained ankle, and Chapman has the flu.
"There's no excuse," Cardinals coach Alicia Murphy said. "I'm not trying to sound mean, but we were the better team. We just let them have the game."
Erie bolted to a 14-7 advantage in the second set, buoyed by two kills apiece from Savannah Mettler (9 digs, 7 kills) and Delaney Tegeler, who had a team-high 11 kills.
Morrison pulled within 14-11 before the Cardinals closed with an 8-3 burst, with Tegeler providing three more kills.
Erie jumped in front 3-0 in Set 3 and later led 11-8, with Tegeler adding four more kills.
The Fillies broke from a 13-all tie with a 4-0 flurry that included kills from Liz Green, Payton Kennedy and Stralow, and a double-block by Goodman and Stralow.
Morrison led 19-15 before a 5-0 tear put the Cardinals on top. Mettler and Tegeler had kills and RaeAnna Stover an ace in the run.
Green had 17 assists and Ryan 12.
Erie's Peyton Rus had nine kills. Teammate Brooke Naftzger dished out 29 assists.
Star of the match: Lakin Goodman, Morrison, 13 kills, 3 blocks
Key performers: Adrienne Banks, Morrison, 12 kills, 2 blocks; Delaney Tegeler, Erie, 11 kills; Peyton Rus, Erie, 9 kills, 5 digs