|VB marks one win, one loss|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
During Holyoke High School’s Homecoming week, Lady Dragon volleyball marked a win over Chase County Tuesday, Sept. 15 and a loss against Merino Thursday, Sept. 17.
Holyoke vs. Chase County
In Tuesday’s home game, Holyoke played for a win over Chase County. “I don’t think the match should have gone to five games, we should have been able to put it away in three,” said coach Sandra Rahe.
Holyoke won the first two games 27-25 and 25-18. Losing the third and fourth games 14-25 and 21-25, the Dragons held on to win the fifth game 15-9.
“We need to remember volleyball is a game of momentum and even emotion, and we have to keep a level head throughout five games,” said Rahe. “Just because you win the first game doesn’t guarantee the next. It takes stamina to make it through the night, and we don’t want to ride a roller coaster of highs and lows.”
According to Rahe, Chase County didn’t have great hitters, but they did play defense well.
Rate noted the team is still working on playing consistently all the way around the court. “Sometimes we don’t anticipate what is about to happen, and by the time we react it is too late,” said Rahe.
Kendra Timm led in attacks with 48 including 17 kills. She also had 21 serves for 13 points with five aces, 54 digs and 22 serve receives.
Nora Roth had three solo blocks against the Longhorns as well as 11 block assists.
In ball handling, Chasity Pelle totaled 142 sets including 37 assists for kills.
Holyoke vs. Merino
While the Dragons lost to Merino in their Homecoming game last Thursday, they did not give up without a fight. They took the Rams to four games, winning the first 25-23 and losing the next three 22-25, 21-25 and 16-25.
“I think the girls played some of their best volleyball so far this year during the first two games,” said Rahe. “We played point for point with Merino and never had to ‘come back from behind.’”
In the second game, Holyoke lessened the gap in the score coming from 13-21 to a one point difference at 22-23.
Rahe noted the players got stuck for a while in the third and fourth games, letting the opponent get a run of 5-6 points. “This happens in different rotations each time, and we can’t pinpoint exactly how to get out of it,” said Rahe.
Holyoke kept the scores close in the third game, often tying the score or keeping it at a one or two point difference.
Rahe pointed out three girls had kills in the double digits as a result of Pelle’s sets. She did a great job mixing up the sets and getting a variety of looks for Merino’s defense, said Rahe. “We are working on setting up hitting combinations and spot serving to capitalize on the weaknesses of our opponents.”
Pelle had 31 assists for kills in the game against Merino in addition to one ace and three kills.
Timm had 18 kills and three aces, and Smith totaled 11 kills and one ace. Roth had 10 kills against the Rams, and Mallory Bennett marked two kills and three ace serves.
JV and C teams lose two
Holyoke’s JV and C teams could not find a win in games against Chase County and Merino.
In JV action, the Lady Dragons scored 12-15 and 5-25 against Chase County and 21-25 and 16-25 against Merino.
Competing against Chase County, C team lost 21-25 and 11-25. They took Merino to three games, winning the first 25-17 but losing the next two 7-25 and 9-15.
Dragon volleyball took on Fleming at home Tuesday, Sept. 22, and results will be reported in next week’s Enterprise.
In upcoming action, the team will travel to Akron Saturday, Sept. 26 for the Akron Invitational with games scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. They will also play Sedgwick County in an away game Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m.