|Lady Dragon volleyball looks to Yuma in Homecoming match-up|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
A busy week of volleyball left the Lady Dragons with one win and two losses.
Last Tuesday, Sept. 25, the team defeated Sedgwick County in three sets, 25-22, 25-23 and 25-22.
At Akron Thursday, they lost to the Rams 22-25, 11-25 and 14-25.
On their home court Saturday, the Dragons took Caliche to five sets. They won the first 25-19, but the next two went to Caliche, with Holyoke losing 19-25 and 23-25. The fourth was close, with Holyoke winning 27-25. The Dragons couldn’t hold on for the win, losing the last game 11-15.
“It was a long week,” said coach Michelle Vieselmeyer. “They did well—we are playing some pretty difficult teams.”
Serving was key for the Dragons in the Sedgwick County game. Coach Vieselmeyer said the serving was good and that really helped them win the game. She noted Molly Brandt had some good consecutive serves in the first set, with Erin Vieselmeyer pulling out several in a row in the second set.
Maddie King and Lindsay Helgoth also got in some great hits against Sedgwick County, noted coach Vieselmeyer.
Molly Brandt (6) and Lindsay Helgoth (25) defend the net on a tight
Two days later, the girls went into the Akron game with a lot of confidence, she said. They had them beat in the first game, but they panicked toward the end of that set and lost their confidence, letting Akron easily take the second and third matches.
“Akron doesn’t have anything that we don’t have,” said coach Vieselmeyer. It becomes a mental game at that point.
At home on Saturday, Holyoke started out great in the first set, but they got a little too confident, according to coach Vieselmeyer, letting up their guard against the Buffaloes.
Caliche has awesome defense, she said, so that intimidated the Holyoke hitters.
After a struggle in the second and third sets, some good moments in the fourth put them back on top, including great serving by Ashley Humphreys.
“We didn’t finish,” said Vieselmeyer. The fifth and final set went fast, and Holyoke came away with the loss.
In Sedgwick County action, King led the Dragons in attacks with 34 hits including 10 kills. Humphreys grabbed 50 sets for the Dragons including 16 assists for kills. Helgoth was at the net for two solo blocks and one block assist.
In serving, Erin Vieselmeyer had the most with 18 for 18 points including three aces.
King and Erin Vieselmeyer each had 19 serve receive passes, and Humphreys had seven digs.
In Akron, King nailed 33 hits including nine kills. Setter Erin Vieselmeyer had 55 sets including 11 assists for kills.
At the net, Erin Vieselmeyer and King each had one solo block and two block assists.
Brandt led the Dragons in serves with 14 for 14 points including three aces.
In passing, Brandt got her hand on 10 digs, and King had 15 serve receives.
In the five-game Caliche match, King brought down 60 attacks including 19 kills. Erin Vieselmeyer had 77 sets including 21 assists for kills, and Lindsay Helgoth ruled the net with three solo blocks and six block assists.
Jacinda Krueger totaled the most serves with 20 for 20 points. Brandt and King each had three aces for the Dragons.
King led digs and serve receives with 17 and 30, respectively.
Junior varsity goes 1-2
Junior varsity girls brought home a nice win from Sedgwick County Tuesday, Sept. 25. They won in two sets, 25-15 and 25-17.
In Akron last Thursday, Holyoke JV lost 15-25 and 14-25.
At Saturday’s home game with Caliche, JV was defeated 21-25 and 22-25.
It’s Homecoming week, and Holyoke is proudly celebrating the “Year of the Dragon.” They will host Yuma this Friday, with volleyball games beginning at 3:30 p.m.
The girls will also travel to St. Francis, Kan. for a tournament Saturday, Oct. 6 beginning at 9 a.m.
Holyoke Enterprise October 4, 2012