Lady E’Hawks Battle Hard In Setback
Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks gave one of their grittiest performances of the year in a 3-2 loss to Cherokee Thursday night in Lakes Conference volleyball action. The tough loss drops the Lady e’Hawks to 0-3 in league play and 1-8 on the season, as they have a week to practice before playing Saturday in the Humboldt Tournament.
“The girls are doing an excellent job of digging the ball up in the back,” noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Andrea Accola-Sabin. “Our serving is also high as we are serving 95 percent. This was a great match but it was still a hard one to lose for the girls.”
Emmetsburg would come out and fall in the first game by a 20-25 score, but came back to win games two and three by scores of 25-23 and 25-18 before Cherokee took the fourth game 25-23. In the deciding final game, Cherokee kee would use some targeted serving to take the 15-12 win over the Lady E’Hawks for the match victory.
Emmetsburg used its serving game to the fullest, completing 95 percent of their serves, with 100 of 105 attempts good for points against the Braves. Bailee Moore made 24 of 26 serves with a pair of aces, while Kayla Herbers was perfect with all 22 of her attempts and three aces. Hannah Reichert added 15 of 15 serves with a pair of aces, while Katie Malm came up with 14 of 15 serves. Jackie Barnes made 13 of 14 serves and Mollie Smith added 12 of 13 serves in the effort.
At the net, Kayla Herbers would hammer down 11 kills out of her 38 of 46 hits. Mollie Smith added 38 of 43 hits with 13 kills, while Bailee Moore made 27 of 36 hits with three kills. Jackie Barnes chipped in 23 of 26 hits with 10 kills, while Katelyn Schany made nine of 12 hits with a kill. Morgan Vlasman added six of seven hits, while Hannah Reichert had two hits and a kill and Katie Malm added a hit.
Overall, the Lady E’Hawks connected on 144 of 173 hitting attempts with 39 kills in the match, a percentage of .058.
Defensively, Kayla Herbers blocked three shots and assisted on two blocks, while Katelyn Schany assisted on two blocks and Jackie Barnes had a solo block.
Bailee Moore would dig out 33 shots on the night, while libero player Nichole Hasbrouck made 22 digs in the match. Mollie Smith chipped in 18 digs, while Kayla Herbers had 16 and Hannah Reichert made 14 digs. Katie Malm added 11 digs, while Morgan Vlasman and Jackie Barnes both dug out five shots and Katelyn Schany added a pair of digs.
Hannah Reichert would lead the team in assists with 20 helpers, while Katie Malm added 13. Katelyn Schany made three assists, while Morgan Vlasman had two helpers and Jackie Barnes added one assist.
“The girls are hitting the ball much better than we did at the beginning of the year,” Accola-Sabin noted. “We just need to get our hitting efficiency up. This is just like a batting average – we are only hitting .058, and its hard to win matches when our hitting is low.”
The Lady E’Hawks have no matches scheduled during Homecoming week, but will return to action on the court this Saturday, Sept. 27, when they will travel to Humboldt for play in the Wildcat Tournament.