|Girls suffer Homecoming loss, bounce back for Kansas tourney|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
Homecoming was disappointing for the Lady Dragon volleyball team, who lost to Yuma Friday night, Oct. 5 in a quick three games.
Saturday, Oct. 6 was a different story, though, when Holyoke finished in second place in their St. Francis, Kan. tournament, winning two out of their three games.
Coach Michelle Vieselmeyer said all the Homecoming festivities plus more school activities on top of that just made the week really distracting and tiring for the girls. By Friday evening, they had a hard time focusing on the court.
She said they started off good, with the first game only a three-point 22-25 loss to Yuma. The next two were not good, with HHS defeated 13-25 and 19-25.
Serving errors and poor movement on the court contributed to the loss, said coach Vieselmeyer.
However, she noted Lindsay Helgoth and Jacinda Krueger both had good games attacking at the net as well as in serving.
Ashley Humphreys receives a Yuma serve in third-game action
Bright and early Saturday morning, the girls were off to Kansas, where they first faced their host St. Francis in a match played best two out of three, all to 25 points.
Holyoke won the first set 25-13. St. Francis came out on top in the second, 25-20 over the Dragons. The third sealed the win for HHS, 25-21.
“They started playing like a team again,” said Vieselmeyer. The win helped them get their confidence back. She noted Erin Vieselmeyer, Maddie King and Krueger all had great consecutive serves.
Dighton, Kan. was an easy win for the Lady Dragons. They defeated them in two sets, 11-25 and 13-25.
Their final match was against Hayes Center, Neb., which was their most evenly matched team of the day.
Holyoke won the first game 25-17. Ashley Humphreys was a serving machine in the first Hayes Center game, landing an impressive five aces for the Dragons.
The Dragons fell way behind in the second set, but with determination, they started coming back, focusing on each individual point and lessening the gap to a 20-25 loss.
In an exciting third set, Holyoke played hard and really competed, said coach Vieselmeyer. Unfortunately, back and forth scores left HHS on the trailing end for a final score of 25-27.
On the upcoming schedule, the next three matches are conference games, so coach Vieselmeyer said they have been working hard in practice and are looking to put up some wins.
In Friday’s Homecoming game with Yuma, Krueger led the Dragons at the net with 16 attacks including five kills. Helgoth had 13 hits with four kills, and King had 16 hits with three kills.
Erin Vieselmeyer had the most blocks with three block assists. She also landed 40 sets including eight assists for kills.
Helgoth served 16 times for 16 points, and Krueger served 13 for 13 points. They each grabbed three aces for the Dragons.
In passing, King led digs with 12, and Molly Brandt and King each had seven serve receives.
JV and C teams play
Playing Friday against Yuma, Holyoke junior varsity lost in two sets 13-25 and 14-25.
C team was also defeated by Yuma 12-25 and 15-25.
In tournament action in St. Francis, JV beat Dighton 25-21 and 25-18. In a match against St. Francis, HHS won the first game 25-8 but lost the next two 21-25 and 13-15.
Holyoke also hosted an informal round robin Monday, Oct. 8 with Fleming, Yuma and Chase Co., Neb. to give C team players some more experience. They didn’t keep score to keep it really laid back, and other high schoolers served as line judges and refs.
Dragon gym is going pink this Saturday, Oct. 13 for the annual Pink Out game in support of breast cancer awareness. HHS hosts Burlington with games beginning at 1 p.m.
Next Thursday, Oct. 18, the girls travel to Haxtun for 4 p.m. games.
Holyoke Enterprise October 11, 2012