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VOLLEYBALL: Novi fights off Stevenson rally in fourth game WITH TOUT VIDEOS

NOVI – Despite taking each of the first two games of the night over Livonia Stevenson on Tuesday night, Novi still found its back against the wall late in a key KLAA Central division match.

After dropping game three, Novi got out to a fast start in game four, but trailed 18-15 late in the game until going on a 5-0 run to take back control of the game and close the game out behind kills from Isabelle Glancy and Brooke Laney to seal a win over Stevenson in four games, 25-23, 25-19, 18-25 and 25-22.

Novi head coach Jen Cottrill said that serving from junior Gabby Littleton and the presence from Laney gave her team a big momentum swing late in game four and allowed the Wildcats to take back control late in the match.

“We got a run on Gabby’s serves there and she did a great job serving and my middle Brooke Laney came in and really changed the energy,” she said. “She got fired up and demanded a lot from her teammates and brought a lot of energy and that really changed things for us.”

Facing a two-games-to-none deficit entering game three on Tuesday night, Stevenson jumped out to an early 13-7 lead to start the third game after a kill from Amanda Hawkins.

Later in the match, after Novi cut the Stevenson lead down to 20-16 after kills from Glancy, Laney and Victoria Iacobelli, Stevenson bounced back to take a 25-18 win to force a fourth game after a pair of kills from Katie Tomasic.

Cottrill said that she was pleased with her team’s defense in the first two sets of the night, but added that in the third game, she felt her team didn’t play as well defensively, allowing Stevenson to get its offense going behind Tomasic.

“I thought we played much better defense in the first two sets,” said Cottrill. “Then in the third set, I thought we put the cruise control on and thought we were just going to win and didn’t play disciplined enough defense and let them score too easy.”

Novi started out fast in game four behind the play of Laney and Iacobelli, jumping out to an early lead, but Stevenson wasted little time getting back into game four behind kills from Tomasic and Taylor McLaud to take the lead near the midway point of the game.

Novi then used a pair of runs to get back into the game and later closed out the match behind a 5-2 run to cap the 25-22 win.

Iacobelli, who paced Novi with 15 kills and 13 digs on Tuesday night, said that she felt that after the Wildcats came out of a timeout and put together a 5-0 run, it gave her and her teammates some momentum late in the game to help put the Spartans away.

“I think we just started really slow,” she said. “But we came back out and got some kills and we turned it around and got a ton of energy. That boosted our confidence and got us playing a lot better as a team.”

After grabbing a narrow 25-23 win in game one, Novi came back out with another strong effort in the second game as a kill from Pauline Iacobelli broke an early 10-10 tie and sparked an 9-2 run for the Wildcats to take a 19-12 advantage late in the second game.

After Stevenson mounted a mini run of its own to cut the Novi lead down to as low as 21-16 after a kills from Allison Whitehead and Abby Whitehead, Novi managed to take its second straight win behind a kill from Glancy and another from Laney to clinch a 25-19 win.

Glancy finished with 12 kills and 20 digs to help lead the way for Novi, while Emily Robb chipped in with 42 assists and 17 digs of her own for the Wildcats.

Novi will now face Northville on Thursday night in a matchup of the KLAA Central’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams. Novi won the first match of the year in five games, 21-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-18 and 15-9 back on September 24.

Last Updated: 10/8/2013 10:42:14 PM EST

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