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Lady E-Hawks Battle Hard In League Opener

By Staff | Sep 16, 2010

I?GOT?IT - Emmetsburg’s Nicole Leuer fields a serve during action against Spirit Lake Tuesday night in Conference volleyball play. Emmetsburg would fall 3-1 to the Indians in the league opener for the Lady E-Hawks. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks battled hard and long but came up short in a 3-1 setback to Spirit Lake in the Lakes Conference opening match for both teams Tuesday night. Emmetsburg lost the first two games of the match by scores of 17-25 and 20-25, but came back to win game three by a 25-19 tally, only to lose momentum in the fourth game to fall 25-13.

The games were highlighted by serveral wild volleys that featured some outstanding saves and efforts on both sides of the net.

At the net, Paige Naig would connect on 27 of her 28 hits and garnered seven kills, while assisting on two blocks. Naig added 12 of 15 service completions with a pair of aces, as well as digging out seven shots and adding one assist to the team effort.

Nicole Leuer would complete 25 of 29 hits with six kills,  and assisted on one block, while digging out 10 shots and completing all eight of her serving attempts in the game.

Miranda Vlasman would add 21 of 23 hits with six kills and dug out one shot, while Morgan Vlasman added eight of 15 hits with three kills and assisted on one block while digging out four shots.

Chelsey Rouse made 12 of 13 hits with five kills and had one service completion on the night. Nikki Schany added six of six hits and made eight of eight serves with one ace, and dug out three shots for the Lady E-Hawks.

Whitney Kibbie came off the bench to add seven of eight hits with three kills and a pair of digs to the effort.

Hannah Drost would dish out 25 assists to her teammates on the night, and made 14 of 17 serves with one ace, while making three of four hits, digging out 10 shots and making a huge solo block on the night.

Molli Schmeling added 14 digs and made 16 of 17 serves, while Hillary Pico added eight of nine serves and 19 digs from her libero position. Halie Cody rounded out the effort with one service completion and an assist in the effort.

With an 0-1 mark in the Lakes, Emmetsburg will play host to Estherville Lincoln Central tonight (Thursday) in league play. After taking the weekend off, the Lady E-Hawks will travel to LeMars on Tuesday night, Sept 21.