featuredThe MHS Girls Volleyball Team traveled to Sisseton on Saturday, September 22. They played three matches in the Eastern Classic Tourney and brought home third place.
The Lady Bulldogs first took on Tri Valley. Milbank defeated them in two of three sets to start the day in the win column. Senior Gabbi Cummins racked up nine kills, 14 assists, 12 digs, and one ace. Senior Makayla Johnson added a solo block, three assisted blocks, and three kills. Scores for the three sets were 25-23, 21-25, and 25-21.
Coach Nancy Hoeke said, “We had to play good defense to pull this one out. Our blocking and digging frustrated their hitters. We kept a lot of balls alive and were patient when we needed to be. The first set ended with a kill from Gabbi Cummins and three kills by Jaecy Engetbretson. That’s really good to be able to earn points to end the set.”
The second match of the day paired Milbank against Winner. Winner proved to be a tougher opponent for the Bulldogs. Milbank lost two close sets 22-25 and 23-25, however, the Lady Bulldogs’ serving percentage was perfect. Hoeke said, “Winner, now 14-1, has a good team…but we had excellent serving – 46 of 46 for 100 percent!”
Jace Engebretson starred with 12 kills, one ace, four assists, and one solo block. Makayla Johnson, Amy Nelson, and Jaden Hoeke also added an ace each to the stats.
In the third and final match up, the Lady Bulldogs took on Tea. Hoeke said, “It was fun getting to play three teams that aren’t on our regular schedule. Each match was competitive and we served 95 percent. That’s really good serving and keeps pressure on our opponent.”
The Bulldogs would end with another win after just two sets, 25-18, 25-22, to put them in third place. Cummins had a total of seven kills, two aces, and thirteen assists in the two sets. Engebretson added to her numbers with 11 kills and 11 assists. Senior Katie Wollschlager was credited with 20 digs and an ace.
“Even though we won in two straight sets, Tea did a lot of good things and placed the ball to make us work for it… We also served 94% which is pretty tough,” Hoeke said. “Defensively, Katie Wollschlager leads our back row play as she had 20 digs. She never lets up, and is always giving 100 percent to keep the ball alive.”