MaKayla Geise had 14 kills in the loss while Madison Geise had 33 assists. Taryn Johnston had 25 digs.
The Norse came out strong in Set 1.
“They run a fast, aggressive offense. We were blocking their strong hitters and playing aggressively ourselves,” said coach Molly Geise.
Roland-Story’s lead was 13-10 but had a string of hitting errors and gave up a 6 point run to go behind 13-16. That run of six deflated the girls’ aggressive play just enough for Humboldt to take the first set.
In Set 2, the Norse played from behind the entire set.
Roland-Story came back in Set 3 and had control all of this set.
“Our defense just kept getting better throughout the night, digging up ball after ball,” Geise said. “Our passing was consistently good. That’s what you hope for in a game like this.
“Rylie Goeders stepped up and had 7 kills in the third set, MaKayla 6. Rylie was hot so we just kept feeding her the ball.”
In Set 4, Humboldt came out strong and never looked back. They took a lead of 13-4. The Norse continued to fight but saw their season end when Humboldt closed the game 25-15.
“Humboldt is a good team,” Geise said. “They did a great job of digging up hits that would normally find the floor. They play fast and are fast. They did a good job of using our blocker’s hands for a kill, making it very difficult to dig up.”
Geise said she is proud of the team’s effort.
“Taryn Johnston, our libero, played one of the best matches of her career. The effort and fight was there all night long. A great example of that is where Taryn and Juliann Clark ran into the bleachers for the last point of the night, trying to save the ball,” Geise said.
The Norse’s goal was to make it to the state tournament, so coming up short of that goal was dissapointing for all.
“But we had a great season, filled with a ton of fun team memories,” Geise said. “This team was a joy to coach, they got along so well and worked very hard. They had a great time together, no matter what we were doing. This team was also a record setting team, the first ever in school history to get 30 wins! (30-8).”