The Eagles, currently ranked No. 2 in Class 1A, Division 2, easily took down Attica in its first game with a 25-9 score, but the Bulldogs offered more resistance in the second.
Against Pretty Prairie, Norwich lead the entire first game, with the exception of the time Bulldog Tiffani Hines tied the score at 4 with an ace. The Eagles closed the first game 25-15, when a Bulldog spike went into the net. In game two, Norwich pulled out to a 14-4 lead and continued to maintain a double-digit advantage throughout. The Eagles sealed the match when they won the second game off a Mackenzie Klaver kill.
Pretty Prairie head coach Elizabeth Zongker said she knew that the state-ranked Eagles would be a formidable foe, but she was pleased with the way her Bulldog squad responded, especially after finishing at the bottom of the heap in their home quad one week ago against South Barber, Pratt Skyline and Fairfield.
“You do what you can and you hand it to them and tell your girls they did good. You can’t dwell on it,” she said.
All three matches on the triangular were decided in two games, as Pretty Prairie won the battle of the Bulldogs.
After moving past Attica 25-21 in the first game, Pretty Prairie found themselves at a deficit through the early stages of the game, being down by five on several occasions. A Hines kill moved them to a tie at 19, and with solid serving from Shanay Wewe, Pretty Prairie pulled out to a 22-19 lead.
Attica bounced back to tie things at 24, but a Whitney Grilliot kill put Pretty Prairie to a one-point advantage. Pretty Prairie would go on to win off a long Attica hit that went out of bounds.
“All week long we worked on passing the ball better -- something that we didn’t do well last week,” said Zongker. “So I thought that went well. We got good sets and good hits. I thought we had a good showing against Attica.”
Tuesday’s triangular was senior night, where Hines and Olivia McDonald were honored for their four years of contributions to the Pretty Prairie program.
Pretty Prairie will be back in action in one week, where they face Stafford and Cunningham in Stafford. Norwich will next compete at South Barber, also on Tuesday.