Princeton shakes slow start, crush Zimmerman

Princeton – A long delay couldn’t stop Princeton volleyball during their season-opener in Zimmerman, Thursday night.
The Tigers took four of the final five points to break a 22-22 tie in the first set of the season and grabbed an 8-2 advantage to begin the second before the scorer’s table halted action.
“They had the book wrong. They had our serving order one back so they thought we were out-of-rotation,” Princeton coach Mary Patnode said. ”
About 15 minutes later, action resumed and Princeton kept rolling unfazed. They scored 30 of the next 35 points, cruising past the Thunder in straight sets 25-22, 25-4, and 25-19.
Mallory Jordahl and Abby Seifert fueled the large rally, knocking nearly every kill-chance straight down for points in the second set.
Then, with eight seniors departing last year, some new faces continued the momentum. Danika Rademacher tallied several kills and Abbie Peterson loomed large with at least five blocks.
The only problems came early. Net violations, double hits and unforced errors on easy-overs gave Zimmerman, the last-place team in the Granite Ridge Conference a season-ago, an early 14-10. In fact, just three of the home team’s first nine points came on kills.
Out of a timeout, the Tigers regained a 19-16 lead before Zimmerman tied the game at 22. Until the Princeton machine awakened ready for flattening.