|Lady Dragons find victory in Sedgwick Co. but fall to Akron|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
All three Dragon volleyball teams brought home wins from Sedgwick County Tuesday, Sept. 29 but fell to Akron on their home court Friday, Oct. 2.
Holyoke vs. Sedgwick County
“It was great to have a sweep at Ovid,” said coach Sandra Rahe. Varsity, JV and C teams all won for the first time this season. “We needed a little boost for all three teams,” she said.
In varsity action, HHS won the first game 28-26, lost the next two 12-25 and 10-25, but stayed strong to take the final two games 25-20 and 15-9.
“We did struggle finding our rhythm for a little while,” said Rahe, “but the girls are realizing they need to keep mental focus and push for each point.”
In team statistics, Marissa Smith led in attacks with 55 including 16 kills. Kendra Timm had 50 attacks with nine kills.
Chasity Pelle had 29 serves for 22 points including six aces. In ball handling, she totaled 130 sets with 32 assists for kills.
Mallory Bennett had seven solo blocks while Erin Lebsack and Timm both had eight block assists.
In passing, Megan Colglazier landed 51 digs against Sedgwick County. Timm had 22 serve receives and 48 digs while Smith totaled 22 serve receives.
Rahe noted this game did not count toward league standing, but it was a needed motivator for the team. They will face Sedgwick County again next Monday which will be included in their record.
Holyoke vs. Akron
While Holyoke took Akron to four games in their match Friday night, they could not find a win, losing 17-25, 20-25, 25-19 and 16-25.
“There were moments of brilliance when I thought everything was going right, but we still had a slump in game two,” said Rahe. The Dragons were ahead 18-14, but in the remainder of the game, the Rams outscored them 11-2 for the five-point lead at the end of the game.
Rahe noted Pelle has been doing a great job of getting the ball to the hitters and mixing up the plays. In Friday’s game she had 77 sets with 30 assists for kills.
“We just need to make less errors on our offense and play our positions on defense,” said Rahe. Weak areas she said the team needs to work on are serve receive passing and more aggressive serves. “These are all fixable and I know the girls will work hard in the next few weeks.”
Smith led the team in attacks with 43 including 12 kills. Nora Roth completed 11 solo blocks, and Smith had 31 digs and 13 serve receives. Pelle served 14 for 12 points with three aces.
After the game against Akron, Holyoke stands at 0-2 in the league standings. “This is definitely not where we wanted to be,” said Rahe. The Dragons have three league games left, and she said the team is shooting for third in the league.
JV and C teams play
Holyoke’s JV and C teams both grabbed wins in Tuesday’s games against Sedgwick County. JV won in two games 25-18 and 25-20 while C team won in three 25-18, 22-25 and 17-15.
Akron proved to be a tougher match last Friday night. JV lost 20-25 and 4-25, and C team lost 19-25 and 17-25.
HHS competed at Wiggins Tuesday, Oct. 6, and results will be reported in next week’s Enterprise.
They will take on Caliche Thursday, Oct. 8 with games starting at 4 p.m. in Caliche and will host Sedgwick County Monday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m.