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Two of the top teams in the area - if not the state - met on the court on Friday night to decide the Niobrara Valley Conference Championship.
Elgin Public/Pope John and Ewing met in O'Neill in the NVC title game, producing an absolute thriller of a match. Both teams took turns controlling the match, with the Tigers making a comeback after being down two sets to none for the 3-2 win, 17-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-16, 15-9.
The game seemed to be all Wolfpack to start. They jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first set and didn't look back all set. In the second set, Ewing was the one to jump out to a lead, going up 6-2 before EPPJ battled back to knot it at eight. The two teams battled back and forth before the Wolfpack went on a 6-2 run of their own to close out the set.
The third set was all Ewing, as they lead from the first serve all the way to the end. In the fourth, Ewing again jumped out to a 5-1 lead, but this time EPPJ battled back until the Ewing lead was just 9-7. However, the Tigers then were able to pull away, taking the set fairly commandingly. In the fifth set, the crowd was on the edge of their seat throughout, with the two teams trading blows out to a nine-all tie. However, Ewing then reeled off six-straight points to take home the conference title.
Three Wolfpack girls finished the night with double-digit kills. Paige Meis had a team-high 13, Grace Henn had 11 and Lydia Behnk added 10. Also doing some scoring for EPPJ was Allyson Wemhoff, who finished with two aces on the night.
Calli Krebs was the center of the EPPJ defense all night, bringing up 25 digs, with many of them coming with great difficulty. As a team, the Wolfpack also put down eight total blocks, with two each coming from Behnk, Henn, Nicki Payne and Kaylee Martinsen.