|HHS Lady Dragons stay busy with full schedule|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
Holyoke volleyball players certainly got some great experience last week with six big games for the Lady Dragons.
HHS couldn’t find a win Tuesday, Sept. 7 against Merino or on Friday, Sept. 10 against Perkins County, Neb.
Saturday proved to be a tough day with a four-match tournament at NJC in Sterling. Lady Dragons brought home one victory over Briggsdale but fell to Otis, Sterling and Cheyenne Wells.
“Overall we saw a lot of improvement from many girls,” said coach Sandra Rahe. She mentioned several junior varsity players got some time in the last varsity game, and they stepped up and performed well.
“We played some tough teams and the girls are learning to see the other side of the court and learning how to place the ball better,” said Rahe. “We need to work on communication still as the girls still get used to working with each other on the court.”
Even though the Dragons have one win and five losses this season, Rahe said they are “better than our record.”
“We have a lot of raw talent and we need to work on staying disciplined for an entire match,” she added.
Both Rahe and assistant coach Tammie Timm remain positive the girls will continue to get better technically and the wins will come. They noted their appreciation for the positive support from parents and fans.
Senior Heather Duester receives a Plainsman serve at the Perkins
Holyoke vs. Merino
Merino took on Holyoke on the Rams’ home court last Tuesday. The Dragons fell in three games 19-25, 14-25 and 12-25.
In serving, Erin Lebsack landed 12 serves for seven points including one ace. Mallory Bennett had 11 serves for five points with three aces.
Attacks were led by Bennett with 21 including four kills. Whitni Redman had 29 sets while Lebsack had 27 including three assists for kills.
In defense, Heather Duester, Bennett and Erin Vieselmeyer all had 14 serve receives. Duester and Vieselmeyer also led in digs with 21 and 20 respectfully. KrisAnna Ham landed four solo blocks and five block assists.
Holyoke vs. Perkins Co.
Lady Dragons took Perkins Co. to four games Friday night in Grant, Neb., but they couldn’t find the win. They won the first game 25-23 but lost the next three 23-25, 17-25 and 14-25.
Leading in serves were Bennett with 16 for seven points including one ace, Ham with 15 for eight points including one ace and Lebsack with 15 serves for eight points.
Duester led the Dragons in attacks with 51 including one kill. Others adding up the kills for Holyoke were Bennett with eight, Vieselmeyer five and Maddie King and Ham three apiece.
Lebsack landed 29 sets including 9 assists for kills while Redman had 22 sets with 10 assists for kills.
In passing, Ham had 15 serve receives followed by Vieselmeyer with 10. Vieselmeyer also led HHS with 20 digs against Perkins County. Ham stood out in her blocking effort with three solo blocks and 10 block assists.
Holyoke vs. Briggsdale
With such a busy day at the Saturday tournament, HHS was happy for a win over Briggsdale in three games 25-11, 25-23 and 25-10.
In team stats, Ham served 17 including two aces followed by Vieselmeyer with 14 serves and two aces.
Bennett led the team in attacks with 15 including 13 kills. The senior also led in blocks with three solo blocks and five block assists.
Vieselmeyer landed 13 serve receives and 22 digs in the competition against Briggsdale.
In ball handling, Lebsack had 15 sets with 11 assists for kills, and Redman had 15 sets with 10 assists for kills.
Holyoke vs. Otis
HHS fell to Otis during tournament action Saturday. Scores of the three games were 18-25, 11-25 and 6-25.
In attacks, Lebsack totaled 12 including two kills. Bennett landed eight kills out of her 10 attacks Saturday.
Lebsack led in sets with 20 including six assists for kills.
Ham served eight times for six points while Lebsack had seven serves for two points including one ace.
In defensive stats, Vieselmeyer totaled 20 serve receives, Bennett had six solo blocks and eight block assists, and Lebsack rounded out the game with 24 digs.
Holyoke vs. Sterling
Facing Sterling at Saturday’s tournament, Holyoke was defeated in four close games with scores of 21-25, 25-20, 26-28 and 20-25.
Lady Dragons were strong in kills against Sterling. Leading the team was Bennett with 11 followed by King seven, Ham five and Lebsack four. Redman and Lebsack both totaled 16 assists for kills.
Bennett led in serves with 22 for 12 points including one ace. She also landed 40 digs, two solo blocks and nine assisted blocks. In serve receives, Vieselmeyer finished with 26.
Holyoke vs. Cheyenne Wells
HHS took Cheyenne Wells to four games during their match on Saturday, but the team took another loss at the tournament. They lost the first two games 20-25 and 16-25, won the third 25-21 and lost the fourth 22-25.
In serving, Ham had 19 serves for 18 points including six aces, Bennett had 17 for nine points, and Redman had 13 for 12 points including seven aces.
Bennett led in attacks with 23 including 5 kills followed by Ham with 16 and five kills and Duester with 12 and nine kills. Lebsack and Redman both landed 15 assists for kills while Lebsack totaled 51 sets and Redman 23.
In passing, Bennett had 14 serve receives followed by Duester with 12 while Ham led the team in digs with 37.
Bennett and Lebsack both grabbed three solo blocks while Bennett had six block assists and Lebsack five.
JV and C teams play
Holyoke junior varsity team lost to Merino Tuesday 6-25 and 16-25. They were also defeated by Perkins County Friday 15-25 and 18-25.
At Saturday’s tournament, the JV team defeated Briggsdale 25-22 and 25-27 as well as Otis 25-22, 16-25 and 15-10. The Dragons lost to Sterling 7-25 and 14-25 as well as Akron 25-22, 24-26 and 9-15.
In C team action, the girls lost to Merino 21-25 and 13-25. On Friday, they defeated Perkins County in three games 23-25, 25-22 and 15-12.
Holyoke volleyball traveled to Imperial, Neb. Tuesday, Sept. 14. Results will be reported in next week’s Enterprise.
First home court action will take place next Tuesday, Sept. 21 in games against Burlington starting at 4 p.m.