The Milbank Volleyball team traveled to Waverly on October 16, to take on the Waverly-South Shore Lady Coyotes. The Lady Bulldogs took the loss in four.
“In the first set, we found WSS’s weaknesses – defensive passing. They seemed to struggle with our hits. We earned 17 of our 25 points with kills, aces, and blocks,” stated Coach Nancy Hoeke. The first set ended 25-19 in favor of the Lady Bulldogs.
The Lady Bulldogs, however, lost the next three sets; 22-25, 17-25, and 19-25. Hoeke said, “In the rest of the sets, WSS passed better and attacked hard and strategically with their six-foot and six-foot-three front row players (Kranz). They are good-sized girls that have good approaches, can jump, and have power. WSS only has five losses on the year and they are a good team.”
Serving remained strong for the Lady Bulldogs at 94 percent. According to Hoeke, it was one of the highest stats of the season. Jacey Engebretson and Jaden Hoeke led in attacks- both had 10 kills. Gabbi Cummins had eight and Makayla Johnson added six.
Cummins charted the most assists at 18; Engebretson had 11. Katie Wollschlager topped the chart in digs with 22. She was followed by Cummins with 18, Engebretson with 13, and Cassidy Christians with 12. Anna Mathews was the leading blocker of the night. She racked up three solo blocks and one assisted block. Johnson also added a solo block.
Coach Hoeke said, “We have some injuries to our ‘go-to’ players and that takes a lot away from our team. It’s difficult to play without as many errors when there are aches and pains nagging. We only earned 10, 10, and seven points in each of the last three sets – compared to 17 in the first set. I think the girls are giving all they have to give, but they get frustrated when that isn’t enough. Sometimes there are limits we just need to accept and deal with.”