|Lady Dragon volleyball lands big win over Yuma|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
Spirits were high in the HHS gym Friday night, Oct. 15 when Holyoke nailed a big win over Yuma in three sets 25-23, 25-23 and 25-19.
A large crowd was there, clad in pink attire, to cheer on the girls in their “Dragons Dig Pink” game in support of breast cancer awareness month.
HHS volleyball team members are pictured with cancer survivors who were honored at the team’s
“Our Pink Out night was a huge success,” said coach Sandra Rahe, noting significant funds were raised for breast cancer.
Several breast cancer survivors were honored before the varsity match, and pink and white volleyballs signed by the Dragons were purchased by Dick Lebsack and Misti Redman.
Last week HHS also took on Caliche Tuesday, Oct. 12, and after a mighty effort on the court, the Dragons could not find a win over the Buffaloes. Holyoke lost the first game 19-25, won the second 25-13, but then lost the next two 14-25 and 22-25.
Holyoke vs. Yuma
HHS grabbed a great win Friday night, but they certainly didn’t secure it without a fight. Both Holyoke and Yuma played hard with scores tight in all three games.
“We played a steady and consistent game against Yuma,” said Rahe.
Last week, both against Yuma and Caliche, HHS changed up their lineup. Erin Vieselmeyer took on the setting duties, and according to Rahe, she made the adjustment very well.
Freshman Maddie King started the first set on a good note, landing a kill for the Dragons.
Yuma made a run to establish a lead midway through the set, but a big kill by King and two kills and one block kill by Mallory Bennett held the Indians back.
Great serving progressions by Vieselmeyer and King allowed the Dragons to pull ahead while kills by KrisAnna Ham and King gave Holyoke the two-point win.
KrisAnna Ham puts up the volleyball as teammate
The second game was another close one, with the two scores never more than four points apart.
Action started with great serves by Ham including one ace. Bennett led in kills with four in addition to two blocks for kills. Vieselmeyer grabbed three tip kills, King one kill and Erin Lebsack one tip kill.
In the final game, Yuma managed to tie the score twice, but otherwise the Dragons held the lead over the Indians.
Good serving by Ham and Vieselmeyer mixed with kills by Bennett, Vieselmeyer, King and Lauren Blomme gave the Dragons an eight-point lead midway through the set.
Yuma attempted a comeback, lessening Holyoke’s lead by five, but a tip kill by Patricia Adams gave HHS the momentum to finish the game strong. A kill by Bennett and an ace serve by Heather Duester secured the Dragons’ 25-19 win.
In team stats, Vieselmeyer had 12 serves for eight points, King 12 serves for seven points and Ham 11 serves for five points including one ace.
Middle hitter Bennett led in attacks with 26 including 13 kills followed by King with 17 including six kills.
Vieselmeyer completed 39 sets for 24 assists for kills.
On defense, Bennett and King both grabbed 22 digs while Bennett had 17 serve receives. Three solo blocks and six block assists were also made by Bennett.
Dragon student body members, clad in pink shirts and skins, cheered the Lady Dragons to a
Holyoke vs. Caliche
Holyoke’s entire team stepped up on Tuesday against Caliche, said Rahe. “Even though we didn’t come up with a win, we saw a lot of good things happening.”
Holyoke kept up with Caliche for the majority of the first set. They challenged their lead midway through the game, but a number of errors during the final points gave Caliche the six-point advantage in the end.
Bennett, Duester, Blomme and King all nailed kills against Caliche while Blomme, Ham and Bennett grabbed blocks for kills in the first set.
Everything connected for the Dragons in the second game for a big 25-13 victory over the Buffaloes.
Serving was on target as ace serves by Ham and Bennett both started and finished the game. Lebsack and Duester also had great serving series.
Big kills were landed by Bennett, Duester, King, Ham and Blomme.
Even though good plays were still happening in the third set, the Dragons struggled against Caliche. They let the Buffaloes build up a lead and simply could not make up that lost ground.
King and Ham both looked good in this set with two kills and an ace by King and two kills and a block kill by Ham.
The lead changed hands several times in the final game, with Caliche coming out on top in the end for the three-point win.
Ham was focused on her serving, landing three aces in a row during a great serving sequence midway through the set.
Bennett, Duester, Vieselmeyer and King all connected with the ball for kills over Caliche in the fourth game.
In Dragon stats, Bennett had 18 serves for 11 points including one ace while Ham had 15 serves for nine points including four aces.
Bennett led in attacks with 34 including nine kills. In ball handling, Vieselmeyer set 78 times for 28 assists for kills.
Duester landed 25 serve receives and 33 digs followed by King with 31 digs and Bennett with 30. Ham grabbed seven solo blocks and five block assists.
JV and C teams play
Holyoke’s junior varsity team was defeated by Caliche Tuesday in two games 18-25 and 12-25. In Friday’s match against Yuma, the JV found victory. They lost the first set 18-25 but came back to win the next two 25-21 and 15-13.
In C team action, Holyoke lost to Caliche 14-25 and 17-25. They also fell to Yuma Friday in two games 19-25 and 20-25.
Holyoke travels to Haxtun Thursday, Oct. 21 for volleyball action beginning at 4 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 22 the Dragons finish their regular season with games against Highland in Holyoke at 3:30 p.m.
Last Friday’s win against Yuma secured home-court advantage for the district pigtail game which will be played Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. The Dragons must win this game to get into the district tournament Friday, Oct. 29.