|Lady Dragons end season at regional volleyball|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
For the third time in HHS volleyball history, the Lady Dragons represented Holyoke in the regional volleyball tournament.
Facing tough competition, the Dragons ended their season with two losses to Akron and Lyons last Friday, Nov. 9.
Maddie King (at left) and Erin Vieselmeyer put up the block to stop a powerful Akron hit. Holyoke showed great strength at the net against Akron in regional tournament action last Friday. —Enterprise photo
They finished with a 13-12 record and one of the best seasons Holyoke has seen for many years.
“I’m really pleased with the girls’ efforts this year,” said coach Michelle Vieselmeyer, adding how proud she is that the girls beat some teams they haven’t for a very long time.
The Lady Dragons began their regional tournament in Akron facing the Rams. Holyoke lost in three sets, 21-25, 18-25 and 18-25.
Jacinda Krueger nails a hit in regional volleyball action with Lyons last Friday night in Akron. —Enterprise photo
Coach Vieselmeyer said it’s the best they’ve played Akron, showing a lot of competitiveness.
They started out strong, bringing the score to a tied game several times and even taking the lead midway through the first set. Holyoke got several blocks against the strong Akron hitters, and that gave the Rams some tough mental competition.
Ashley Humphreys returns an Akron serve in regional volleyball action last Friday. —Enterprise photo
A physical first match with Akron left Holyoke vulnerable for their second match of the day against Lyons.
Holyoke lost the first two games 18-25 and 23-25. They kicked it in gear in the third, not wanting to end their season just yet, defeating Lyons 25-22.
The fourth set proved to be the end of the road for the Dragons, as they lost to Lyons 17-25.
Maddie King attacks the ball in regional volleyball action with Akron. —Enterprise photo
Coach Vieselmeyer thought the regional tournament was a great experience for the team. “They got a taste of what it’s like to play in that atmosphere,” she said, noting she looks forward to next year when they will be ready to get back to that level and show them they can make it to state.
In team stats for Friday’s match against Akron, Maddie King led attacks with 17 hits including four kills. She also had the most serves for the Dragons with 12.
Erin Vieselmeyer had five block assists and 36 sets.
Libero Tia Huffman grabbed 13 serve receives and seven digs.
In action with Lyons, King landed 43 attacks including 10 kills. She grabbed three solo blocks, two block assists and 29 serve receive passes.
Jacinda Krueger added 13 kills for Holyoke. The junior also served 19 times including three ace serves.
Erin Vieselmeyer had 56 sets in the Lyons game, including 17 assists for kills. Huffman led the team in digs with 16.
Holyoke Enterprise November 8, 2012