October 30, 2003 at 1:48 p.m.
When used right, revenge can be the perfect motivation. Just ask the North Branch volleyball team who after losing to Foley earlier in the year, executed some payback by shutting out the Falcons three games to none in the first round of the section 7AAA volleyball tournament October 22.
With the crowd hanging on every point, North Branch used an inspired start to win game one 25-16. Things got worse for the six seeded Falcons in game two as North Branch never let up, winning game two 25-17. The second seeded Vikings then completed the sweep, barely winning game three 27-25. Mission accomplished. Revenge exacted.
“I was very happy with our intensity,” replied Jim VanEerden, North Branch volleyball head coach. “The players wanted that one badly, especially since we lost to them earlier in the season.”
The Vikings were paced up front by Rachel Brown and Jenny Anderson. Brown finished the match with 10 kills while Anderson added eight. More importantly, all across the board, the Vikings committed very few mistakes.
“The team did a great job of limiting our errors,” said VanEerden. “That is why we controlled the match.”
A simple game-plan that worked to perfection.
North Branch 25, Foley 16
North Branch 25, Foley 17
North Branch 27, Foley 25