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Lady E’Hawks Battle Hard In Setback

By Staff | Sep 3, 2009

LET?ME?SET?THAT?UP?FOR?YOU - Emmetsburg setter Hannah Drost is focused in on the ball as she makes one of her 17 set assists in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Laurens-Marathon. Drost made 13 of 15 serves with three aces for the Lady E’Hawks as well on Tuesday. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s Lady E’Hawks gave an outstanding effort in a 3-1 setback to Laurens-Marathon on Tuesday night. The non-conference loss gives Emmetsburg an 0-2 mark as the prepare for a tournament appearance at the Sheldon Invitational this Saturday.

Emmetsburg would play the Chargers close in all four games on Tuesday night, but fell by a 21-25 score in the first game and 20-25 tally in game two. The Lady E’Hawks rallied in game three and handed the Chargers a 25-18 loss, but Laurens-Marathon would slip away and take the match with a 25-22 win in game four over Emmetsburg.

“This was a great match for the girls,”?noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Andrea Accola-Sabin. “We may not have won the match, but we played great.”

Several strong efforts paced Emmetsburg’s showing in the match. Jordan Morris gave a solid performance at the net, as she put down 17 of 18 hits and had four kills, while blocking four shots by her self and assisting on two more stops. Morris dug out three shots and connected on 14 of 16 service attempts in the match.

“Jordan did an outstanding job at the net, having four solo blocks and two assisted blocks is a big accomplishment,”?Accola-Sabin noted.

Chelsey Rouse connected on 23 of 25 hits at the net and hammered down 12 kills, assisted on one block, made a dig and added one set assist.

Morgan Vlasman was also a force to be reckoned with, as she made 18 of 22 hits with nine kills and had five digs, as well as assisting on one block and making two serves.

“Chelsey and Morgan also did well at the net in the hitting area, Chelsy with 12 kills and Morgan with nine kills is a great improvement from last week, when we only had 12 total kills as a team,”?Accola-Sabin pointed out.

Paige Naig came up with 10 of 11 hits and four kills at the net and blocked one shot while assisting with one block and issued one set assist.

Nikki Schany had six of six hits, assisted on one block, made one dig and had one set assist.

Libero player Hillary Pico came up with 15 of 15 serves on the night and dug out 17 shots for the defense. Nicole Leuer made 16 of 20 serves with three aces, and then had 12 of 20 hits with four kills to her credit, while digging out seven shots in a good all-around game.

Hannah Drost connected on 13 of 15 serving attempts in the match and came away with three ace serves. Drost also dug out four shots, and successfully handed out 17 set assists on the night for the Lady E’Hawks.

Jordan Kerber made 13 of 14 serving attempts and tallied one ace serve, while digging two shots and issuing eight sets in the effort.

Molli Schmeling came up with four of six serves and six digs for the Lady E’Hawks.

Overall, Emmetsburg made 77 of 88 serves with seven aces, 87.5 percent, and made 86 of 102 hits with 34 kills, a hitting efficiency of .176. The Lady E’Hawks had 46 digs and 28 assists with five solo blocks and six assisted blocks.

“We need to continue to hit the ball if we want to win matches,” Accola-Sabin said. “I felt the girls played more as a team than what I have seen before. We still need to make improvements – we need to be better defensively. And, I’d like our team serving to be in the 90 percentile.”