|Lady Dragon volleyball ends season at Districts|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
Entering post-season play, a win Tuesday, Oct. 26 in the pigtail game against Yuma secured the Lady Dragons a spot in the District volleyball tournament at NJC Friday.
“We played very well against Yuma in the last three games,” said coach Sandra Rahe. “We had a little bit of a rough start, but the girls fired up and came back strong.”
The team had a couple of good practices after that with high hopes heading into District action.
HHS had a rough day at Districts Friday, Oct. 29, falling to both Akron and Wray, ending their 2010 season earlier than they had hoped.
“Unfortunately, it wasn’t our day,” said Rahe. With passing errors and nothing to spark the offense and get things rolling, the Lady Dragons struggled through the day.
“The team was capable of much more, but it just wasn’t our time,” added Rahe. “Overall I am pleased with what I see; the potential is there. They will get ‘em next year!”
Dragon coaches noted their appreciation for the seniors and parents for everything they have done during the season.
Senior Mallory Bennett tips the ball at the net in Holyoke’s win
Holyoke vs. Yuma
Tuesday’s first match in the HHS gym started with big kills by seniors Heather Duester and Mallory Bennett along with a great serving progression by Erin Vieselmeyer.
Yuma athletes, however, caught the Dragons off guard and quickly took control of the game, gaining the lead and pushing forward to the end of the game for a 25-18 win over Holyoke.
The Lady Dragons were not ready to give up so easily. In the second game they secured the lead from the get-go and never looked back, beating Yuma 25-12.
Bennett, Erin Lebsack, Lauren Blomme, Duester, KrisAnna Ham and Maddie King all nailed kills while Ham and Vieselmeyer grabbed big blocks for kills.
Lebsack stood out in serving for the Dragons with a long serving series and one ace.
Holyoke looked strong at the start of the third set, but Yuma quickly gained a big lead midway through the game, the Dragons trailing by seven.
HHS pressed on, regaining the lead to hold off Yuma and take the win 25-22.
Kills were made by Lebsack, Ham, Bennett, Vieselmeyer, Blomme and Duester while Bennett had two ace serves and King one.
Scores were tight for the entirety of the final set, with the two teams never more than four points apart.
Attacks by Bennett were on target with six big kills by the Dragon senior. King, Duester and Blomme also had kills with Ham adding an ace serve.
Tension was high at the end of the game with neither team willing to give up the win. Holyoke finally stopped Yuma as King nailed a big block for the 26-24 win.
In team stats, Lebsack landed 18 serves for 13 points including one ace. Bennett had 15 serves for 10 points including five aces.
Bennett led in attacks with 34 including 14 kills while Vieselmeyer had 89 sets including 35 assists for kills.
Duester led the Dragons in digs with 30 and in serve receive passing with 17.
Ham, Bennett, Lebsack and Vieselmeyer each had two solo blocks and two block assists.
Whitni Redman receives a Yuma serve in the district pigtail match last Tuesday,
Holyoke vs. Akron
HHS first faced the #1 seeded Akron at the District tournament Friday.
It was clear the Rams had the upper hand as Holyoke was defeated in three games 13-25, 9-25 and 9-25.
Ham led in serving with nine for four points. Bennett had 19 hits including three kills, and Vieselmeyer grabbed 34 sets including 11 assists for kills.
In passing, Bennett led with 23 serve receives and 16 digs. She also had three solo blocks and six block assists while Blomme had three solo blocks and one block assist.
Holyoke vs. Wray
The Lady Dragons again struggled in their second District match against Wray.
They lost the first game 15-25. In the second set, they connected much better with the ball, but Wray still came out on top, the Dragons falling 22-25. Struggling again in the third game, Holyoke was defeated 16-25.
In team stats, Whitni Redman, Ham and Lebsack had eight serves apiece.
Bennett again led in attacks with 28 including seven kills. Vieselmeyer had 42 sets including 13 assists for kills.
On defense, Bennett had two solo blocks and four block assists. Ham led in serve receives with 13 followed by Bennett with 12 and Duester with 10. In digs, Bennett had 25, Duester 23 and Lebsack 21.
Erin Lebsack keeps the ball in play for Holyoke in the Dragons’ district