OTTAWA - Momentum was hard to keep in the opening match of the Division IV, district semi-finals at Ottawa-Glandorf Tuesday evening.


Leipsic and Arcadia traded momentum swings through-out the night before the Vikings finally put away the Redskins in five games 3-2. The fifth game came right down to the end with the Vikings winning 15-13 to advance to Thursday evenings district final at 6 p.m. Leipsic (21-3) won the first and third games 25-20, 25-15, while Arcadia won the second and fourth games 25-22, 26-24. The Vikings will have another Blanchard Valley Conference rematch as they face McComb. The Panthers swept Crestview 3-0.

"I told them (the girls) at this point all that matters is that you win, no matter how ugly it is," Leipsic coach Chelsea Rogers said. "It was a good game. I knew it was going to be."

After Arcadia (13-7) scored the final three points of the fourth game to force a fifth and deciding game, the Redskins kept the momentum going, taking a 5-1 lead on the Vikings that forced Rogers to call a timeout. The quick break helped the Vikings regain their composure as they tied the game at 5-5 on a Kelly Nadler kill. After an exchange of side outs, the Vikings scored the next five points for an 11-6 lead.

Maddie Steffan had a stuff block to give the Vikings the lead, while Haley Gerten and Nadler added kills and Rachel Rieman served up an ace. Just as quickly as the Vikings got the lead, Arcadia answered back as they rallied to tie the game at 12-12 as Abbie Dauterman had a pair of kills and Leipsic was called for a pair of double hits. A Gerten kill returned the serve to Leipsic and the Vikings were at match point as Amber Gerdeman and Brooke Heitmeyer combined for a block.

A service error returned the serve to Arcadia and the Vikings ran a set for Gerten and she delivered a cross court kill to give Leipsic the win.

"Haley has been such a spark for us this year," Rogers said. "She is such a little thing and she gives us that energy and she can get up as well. She got a couple of kills there at the end that were crucial. We were able to mix it up tonight and even give our right sides a lot of attention. Our blocking was key tonight and that is a big part of our game. Arcadia is a team that can get down, just as quick as they get up and when you get them down you have to keep plugging away at them."

After Leipsic won the third game easily, the Redskins stole the momentum, jumping out to a 6-1 lead. After a timeout, the Vikings rallied to take a 12-11 lead. The two teams spent the entire game trading points as the lead changed hands five times down the stretch.

The Redskins took a 23-22 lead only to see Leipsic come back and lead 24-23 when a Redskin attack sailed wide. Arcadia scored the next three points as a Viking error was the deciding point.