G/T?Volleyball Team Staying Active On Court
GRAETTINGER – The action has been almost non-stop for the Graettinger/ Terril volleyball team, as they played over the past weekend in the Emmetsburg Tournament, and then played on Monday and Tuesday as well.
In action on Saturday, the Knights finished fourth in the tournament with a 1-3 mark. Their only match victory was over Emmetsburg in the first match of the day by a 2-1 tally. Game scores were 20-22, 21-15 and 15-8. The Knights then lost to Bishop Garrigan by 23-21 and 21-15 tallies before falling to Storm Lake by scores of 15-21, 21-10 and 15-5.
Graettinger/Terril would be paired with Emmetsburg once again in the consolation match and took the Lady E-Hawks to three games, before losing by scores of 18-21, 21-14 and 14-16.
“We came out ready to play,” said G/T coach Tiffany Johnston. “They started strong with a victory over Emmetsburg, played a tough game against Bishop Garrigan, but fell short due to numerous minor mistakes. The girls came out strong against Storm Lake winning the first set of the match, but again fell short for a victory,”
“In the final match versus Emmetsburg the Knights struggled to pull all aspects of the game together,” Johnston noted. “Overall, we were very impressed with the team unity, enthusiasm, and scrappiness the team showed throughout the day.”
At Emmetsburg, Nikki Brown led the offense with 20 kills along with the defense with 44 serve receptions and 23 digs. Brown also was 25-for-30 serving with six aces.
Morgan Mortenson had eight kills and had 37 of 40 completed serves with nine aces and Alyssa Hoffman made 23 of 36 serves with 10 aces.
Callie Herke fielded 29 serves and dug out 21 shots, while Brooke Hoffman received 26 serves and had 16 digs.
Hailley Nelson dished out 17 sets and Kelley Harris added 11.
After a day off, the Knights traveled to Sibley on Monday evening for action in the Sibley-Ocheyedan Tournament, but lost both of their matches. G/T fell by a 12-21 score to Sibley-Ocheyedan and then lost 13-21 and 13-21 to Okoboji.
“We struggled at the beginning of the evening, but bounced back in the second game verses Sibley,” noted Coach Johnston. “The energy level was down, and the team failed to stay low, ready to receive the ball. But, as the night went on we improved our passing tremendously.”
Johnston continued, “Against Okoboji, we started off strong, keeping up with the Pioneers, but we couldn’t compete with them throughout the match.”
At the serving line, Morgan Mortenson made 10 of 12 with a trio of aces, while Alyssa Hoffman had 10 of 11 completions with an ace. Nikki Brown added nine of nine serves to the effort.
Nikki Brown would make six kills, dug out 15 shots and fielded 17 serves on the night. Brooke Hoffman added 17 serve receptions and made nine digs, while Morgan Mortenson added 15 serve receptions and dug out a dozen shots.
“Overall, I was very impressed with the team’s passing and with seniors Morgan Mortenson and Nikki Brown’s hitting,” Johnston said.
After a short turn around, the Knights traveled northwest again on Tuesday to meet Harris-Lake Park in the opener of Cornbelt Conference volleyball action at Lake Park.
The Knights lost the first game 13-25, and fell by an 18-25 margin in game two before losing the deciding game of the match by an “Tuesday was not the night for the Knights,” said Coach Johnston. “We struggled with digging, blocking, and communication. However, there were some good volleys throughout the match.”
Nikki Brown was connected on nine of 10 serves in the match, collecting three aces, while she also fielded 17 serves and dug out five shots while making two kills at the net.
Grace Skattebo had a good night with five of six service completions and an ace, as well as making four kills at the net.
Morgan Mortenson was perfect at the line with five of five serves. Mortenson also fielded a dozen serves and dug out six shots on the night.
Hailley Nelson dished out five assists to her teammates and dug out five shots in the match, while Katie Noah had two kills and Callie Herke fielded 10 serves.
Graettinger/Terril’s Knights will take a couple of well-deserved days of rest before they resume action this Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Ruthven-Ayrshire tournament in Ruthven, where they will meet up with the host Raiders in the opening match at 9 a.m.