First Whitney Shawver bent a pin.
Then, Shawver and her Roosevelt teammates broke Windsor.
Shawyer, the Rough Riders’ senior outside hitter, bent the pin on the left edge of the volleyball net Thursday, emphatically spiking the ball into the pin during the third set. Though she was hit with an attack error, she showcased plenty of power.
Shawver would reveal her power again when she had the final kill in Roosevelt’s 3-1 win (25-21, 19-25, 25-12, 27-25) at Reg Figal Gymnasium.
The win was the first time the Rough Riders had defeated the Wizards since the 2011 Class 4A state tournament.
It was also Windsor’s first conference loss since the 2010 season.
“We’ve been trying to beat (the Wizards) for two years,” Shawver said. “To finally come in and beat them on their court is the best feeling ever, especially for us seniors.”
Roosevelt improved to 2-0 in Tri-Valley Conference play, 2-0 overall, and Windsor — after winning its previous 33 conference matches — fell to 1-1, 1-2.
Wizards coach LaVerne Huston said her team may have tightened up when it found itself in jeopardy of seeing its streak snapped.
“I think that kind of set them back a little bit,” she said. “We’re in that first set, and we’re down. I think we panicked.”
The Rough Riders and Windsor may again be the two top contenders in the Tri-Valley this fall.
With that said, Roosevelt senior Breanne Hankins said she and her teammates were determined to step on the court with some added energy, happy to take any early advantage they can muster over their conference rival.
Hankins added that her team is determined to build toward the postseason with hopes of qualifying for the state tournament after missing out last season.
“I feel like if we keep working as hard as we are right now, we can get there,” Hankins said.
Hankins and Shawver shared a match-high 12 kills with Windsor senior Miranda Geist.
One accomplishment Shawver didn’t share with anyone else was her pin-bending attack attempt in the third set as Roosevelt was just beginning to seize momentum.
After the two teams traded a pair of tightly contested opening sets, the Rough Riders jumped out to a 9-3 lead during the critical third set.
Windsor chipped away slightly after back-to-back attack errors, including Shawver’s assault on the left pin.
Huston replaced the pin during a brief delay in action, but the delay did little to slow Roosevelt’s budding momentum.
It wasn’t much of a surprise that Shawver said it was the first time she had bent a pin on an attack, and Rough Riders coach Lindsey Brown said she had never seen it before, either.
“It was crazy,” Shawver said. “I had never done that before. So, I was like, ‘Wow.’ Yeah, it was cool.”
Shawver’s display of power only seemed to motivate her. She came back from the attack error with a kill for the very next point and had seven kills and an ace in the final two sets.
Brown praised her team for attacking with aggression throughout the match.
“We were swinging for the win,” Brown said. “They had some great blocks, and that was awesome by Windsor. But, we were swinging and we were going for it. That’s what kept us in this game, and that’s what won the match for us.”
Meanwhile, Huston said her team’s attack left a bit to be desired.
“Our team, for it being a pretty big match, I thought we were flat,” she said. “And, bottom line, we got beat by a team that outhustled us, and they outplayed us. I don’t think they are better than us, but they outhustled us.”
Windsor was in position to extend the match after going up 7-2 and 15-11 in the fourth set, but the Wizards couldn’t sustain the momentum, despite a late surge.
“And I think in that fourth set when we had momentum, the official made a horrible call ... It was a bad call, and it broke our backs,” Huston said. “It just broke us at that point. But, we waited until the last five points of that fourth game to get excited.”
RHS 25 19 25 27
WHS 21 25 12 25
RHS — Kills: Breanne Hankins & Whitney Shawver 12, Aspen Olson 7; Assists: Farel Garcia 45; Aces: Courtney Albrecht 4; Blocks: Olson 4; Digs: Hankins 28, Paulina Hileman 23, Albrecht 16.
WHS — Kills: Miranda Geist 12, Lexi Spykstra 9, Rikki Huston 6, Jordyn White 6; Assists: Huston 19, Geist 14; Aces: Huston 2, Madi Bruen, Geist; Blocks: Geist 3, Spykstra 2, Samantha Greene, White; Digs: Hannah Von Allman 18, Kylee Glahn 6, Bruen 5.