FIRTH — If there was any doubt that the Norris and Aurora were ready for the season, it was erased over five sets on Thursday night.
In match that looked more suited for a frosty, midseason October night, the No. 9 Titans outlasted the No. 6 Huskies in a highly competitive 16-25, 25-9, 23-25, 25-18, 15-13 match to kickoff the prep volleyball season.
“It was a great opener and we knew that Aurora would be a tough match to start the season, we had it marked on the calendar,” Norris coach Christina Boesiger said. “One of the girls’ goals this season this season was to stay unbeaten at home, so it was important to get the first home win. A lot of people stepped up tonight.”
The Titans had several different players lead the way on Thursday but ultimately it was libero Michaela Boon who was the catalyst.
She recorded seven ace serves over the first two sets, including six in the Titans’ dominant second set, and played a crucial role in the middle of the Norris offense setting and coming up with the occasional acrobatic kill.
“That’s how you want to start. Break in the home court with five sets,” Boon said. “We’re a young team but we’re really eager to play. A match like this gets the nerves out of the way, especially for the underclassmen. It’s good to get them prepared for volleyball at this level.”
Ayesiah Deveaux finished the night with 14 kills, seven coming in the fourth set, and paired well with Nyah Chambers and Paige Wilkinson up front.
Chambers recorded three kills in the fifth set, including the final two points of the match, while Wilkinson added two kills in the decisive set and was a threat at outside hitter for most of the match.
“I think we have a lot of players that can score for us and we proved that tonight, it happened in spurts,” Boesiger said. “We were in system a lot of the night and we have five great DS’s that set us up for that. I was really pleased with their performance tonight.”
The Aurora attack looked in top form at times during the match but unforced errors plagued the Huskies over the final four sets.
Senior Corrie Schneider was a force for Aurora and seemed to make a play every time she touched the ball, while Addie Smith racked up 19 kills in the loss.