Setter Kaylee Camblin pops one up for a Dragon hitter in last Tuesday’s win over Merino. — Johnson Publications

Lady Dragons fight for wins over Merino, Caliche

    Despite some rough spots and the ever-present mind game of volleyball, the Holyoke Lady Dragons pulled off two nice wins over Merino at home Tuesday, Sept. 5, and at Caliche Friday, Sept. 8.
Holyoke vs. Merino
    “They fought through,” said coach Hannah Petersen of Tuesday’s varsity win over Merino. “They showed they’re resilient.”
    The girls squeaked by the first set with a tight 26-24 win. While they got in the groove of the game to win the second set 25-17, the Dragons gave up the third set to Merino 20-25. Holyoke came back strong in the fourth set with a 25-20 win.
    They were nervous about the last game with Akron, said Petersen, noting the memory of 26 missed serves.
    Fortunately, serving improved in the Merino game, as did the team’s confidence. It’s all about working through the growing pains, said Petersen. “Every week we get better.”
    The coach said senior hitter Grace Dille did amazing in Tuesday’s game. She also commended the setters for doing just what they needed to do to get the job done.
Holyoke vs. Caliche
    Once again, the Dragons started off sluggish at Caliche last Friday. Petersen identified it as worry over the first away game and playing as individuals instead of as a team.
    Holyoke gave up the first set to Caliche, falling 17-25. Refocusing for the second game, HHS blew away Caliche 25-14 followed by two more wins, 25-15 and 25-18.

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