WINTHROP - Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop lost its top hitter to injury in the first set, and the Thunderbirds were upset 25-23, 26-24, 25-20 by Montevideo in a Section 3AA, North Sub-Section semifinal volleyball match on Tuesday.
GFW junior Erin McDurmont had to be carried off the floor in the first set after suffering a severe leg/ankle injury. She would not return.
"It's a huge loss any time you lose your number one hitter, but I think the girls did a great job of playing very hard and staying right with this team for the rest of the match," GFW head coach Chris Wortz said.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop’s Eve Bleick (2) spikes the ball past a pair of Montevideo defenders during Section 3AA playoff volleyball action Tuesday in Winthrop.
Trailing 17-15 when the injury occurred, Montevideo went on a 9-2 run to take control of the set. GFW rallied and pulled within one point of Montevideo, but the Thunder Hawks held off the Thunderbirds, winning the first set 25-23.
GFW seniors Eve Bleick and Edie Beranek, along with junior Morgan Wenninger powered the Thunderbirds' offense in set number two, but their efforts were not enough to stop Montevideo, which won the second set 26-24.
With their confidence shaken and their number one hitter in the hospital, the Thunderbirds fell behind early in the third set and they were never able to make a comeback. The Thunder Hawks clinched their second upset of the playoffs when they won the third set 25-20.
Beranek led GFW both in kills and digs with eight kills and 20 digs, while Bleick and Wenninger had 14 and 11 digs, respectively.
Beranek, Bleick, and Katelyn Seehafer had three blocks apiece to lead the Thunderbirds at the net.
GFW ends its season with a record of 15-12-4.
"We are going to miss our seniors," Wortz said. "They have put a lot of time into this program and losing them is a big loss."