"Icing" the server in volleyball?

"Icing" the server in volleyball?

DANVILLE -- It's common place in basketball: Icing the free throw shooter.

The opposing coach will call a time out -- perhaps even two -- at a critical point in a game when a player is about to shoot a free throw. The idea is to give the player more time to think about the crucial shot and add to the nervousness.

Tuscola's Kelsi Hoey found herself in the unusual situation of being "iced" in Tuesday's season-opening volleyball match against Watseka at the Schlarman Classic.

As she was stepping to the line to serve what could have been the final point in the first set against Watseka, the fire alarm in the gymnasium sounded and the public address announcer said, "Everyone evacuate the gym."

The play which had put Tuscola ahead 24-22 moments before ended when a ball hit by Watseka's Dakota Bohlmann jarred the fire alarm at the north end of the gymnasium and caused it to go off. The fire department arrived to the empty gym within minutes and after a delay totaling 16 minutes -- and with no additional warmups -- Hoey returned to the service line.

She put her serve in play, but Watseka scored to prolong the game, which Tuscola secured 25-23. Watseka went on to win the match in three sets.

This could go down as one of the most bizarre and unique delays we'll see in an athletic event all year.

By the way, starting in today's News-Gazette and continuing each Wednesday throughout the regular season, we'll devote a full page to high school volleyball. We'll have standings, notes, a featured match from the previous night and highlights from other area sites.

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