Lady Patriots Lose Home-Opener To Terre Haute South Wednesday
Owen Valley High School’s varsity volleyball squad hosted a tough Terre Haute South team Wednesday evening for their 2012 home-opener, coming away with a 1-3 loss by scores of 25-14, 15-25, 19-25 and 22-25.
“What a first game the girls played,” OV head coach Kimberly Hale said. “I’m proud of the girls for pushing to the end of every play. We need to learn how to keep ahead and play in that direction. Right now we play with our back against the wall, fighting for every point. Tonight we waited too late to kick it in. I feel the score doesn’t show exactly how close we were to them.”
The Patriots were led in scoring by senior Mackenzie Stogsdill with 18 points, nine of which were aces. Also picking up points for OV were Cecelia Herrington with seven with one ace, Kendall Hamilton four points with an ace, Morgan Schafer four points, Katie Watson three and Kayla Richardson two.
The offensive charge was led by Stogsdill as well with nine kills, followed by Richardson with eight, Schafer seven, Shelby Roberts three, Hamilton two, Rebecca Strong two and Watson one. Watson contributed 17 set assists, Herrington eight, Stephanie Yeatman two, and Stogsdill, Roberts and Schafer one each.
Defensively, Watson led with 17 kills while Hamilton added 14, Stogsdill 11, Richardson nine, Paige Wetzel eight, Herrington six, Strong four, Schafer four, and Roberts one.
Blocking at the net came from Schafer with four solo blocks, Strong with one solo and two blocking assists, Yeatman with three assists and Stogsdill with one.
“Everyone gave their all tonight, but Mackenzie Stogsdill was on,” coach Hale noted. “Out of her 18 points, half were aces and she lead the team in kills.”
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The junior varsity also took on Terre Haute South, falling by scores of 19-25 and 17-25.
“Our first home game didn’t turn out as we had hoped, but it was a good eye-opener of how much work lies ahead of us,” coach Shelly Roberts said. “The girls just didn’t play as a team and the scores reflect that. Communication and serving errors are the two things that hurt us the most.
“After losing the first set, the girls seemed to get a little more aggressive during the second set. I was very pleased to have some blocks and a few great kills, but we need to get to a playing level of consistency and more kills and blocks on the board. Terre Hate South had a lot of height on us, which put our defense to the test. As a team, we had 43 digs and I was happy to see the girls at least go after the ball.”
The junior varsity was led in scoring by Rebecca Walcott with four points on an ace, Courtney Drescher in kills with five, Beth Mauder in set assists with seven, Jennifer Morgan in digs with eight and Lexie Herrington in solo blocks with two.
The Lady Patriots will travel to Union-Dugger tonight, Friday, for a junior varsity and varsity double-header beginning at 6:00.
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