The MHS girls volleyball team went down in three against the Lady Chargers of Hamlin on Thursday, September 7. Set scores were 20-25, 18-25, and 11-25.
Nancy Hoeke, head coach for the Lady Bulldogs, said, “Hamlin proved to be a tough opponent. The combination of relentless defense and strong attack had us on the defensive most of the match. I believe this team wants to improve and raise our game to a higher level.”
Milbank doesn’t have much room to improve their serving. They amassed a 98 percent average by hitting 50 of 51. Individually, Siera Wenzl and Ella Sandvig were perfect at 11 of 11. Wenzl had one ace. Skyler Skoog was 10 of 10 with one ace. Shaylee Schuchard went seven of seven. Addisyn Krause six of six, and Rachel Schulte five of six.
Schulte led Milbank’s attack with nine kills. Skoog had four. Claire Snaza added three. Schuchard and Hailey Zinter each had one. Krause had 10 assists. Schulte made five.
Schulte and Sandvig led the team in digs. They each posted 19 apiece. Skoog had 13. Wenzl had 12. Krause recorded eight. Abby Pillatzki and Isabella Anderson each had four. Snaza and Skoog also were credited with one assisted block apiece..
Coach Hoeke summed things up with , “A match like this has to motivate us and propel us to become better and figure out how to be competitive against this type of opponent.”
Lady Bulldogs Volleyball Team Gets Bumped by GPL
The Lady Bulldogs volleyball team faced Great Plains Lutheran on Tuesday, September 5. Milbank pushed it to five sets, but took the loss with set scores of 13-25, 25-14, 25-11, 24-26, and 6-15. Nancy Hoeke, head coach for Milbank, commented, “We did not start out with a focused, ready-to-play mindset. We made 19 errors to give GPL easy points.”
Milbank’s serving percentage also dipped slightly to 86 percent with four aces. Individually, Siera Wenzl led the team at nine of 10. Addisyn Krause was 17 of 19 with two aces. Skyler Skoog was also 17 of 19, but with one ace. Shaylee Schuchard hit eight of nine. Ella Sandvig went 16 of 19. Rachel Schulte was 13 of 17 with one ace.
Milbank turned things around in the second and third set. “Fortunately, we found our focus and cleaned up our play to dominate those two sets,” Hoeke observed. In the fourth set, the Lady Bulldogs trailed by seven points, but fought their way back into the game. “I like seeing that competitiveness and toughness,”‘ Hoeke said. “Credit to GPL, though, for the way they finished the set. They stepped up their attack and nailed three. After point 23, we didn’t get a kill and we can’t just hope our opponent makes mistakes to score our points. Setups are team efforts to get the pass and set where we need to attack for kills.”
Hoeke said, “The fourth set seemed to take a lot out of us.” In the fifth set, GPL continued getting good setups and had nine crucial kills to take the set and the match.
Schulte led the Lady Bulldogs on their attack with 17 kills. Skoog was close behind with 14. Claire Snaza and Isabella Anderson made five apiece. Schuchard had four, and Hailey Zinter had three.
Krause was credited with 21 assists. Schulte had 17, and Ella Sandvig had eight. Sandvig also recorded 32 digs to lead the pack. Schulte and Wenzl each had 25. Skoog had 20. Krause put up 14, and Schuchard made 11.
Schuchard added a solo block and two assists to the totals. Schulte also had a solo block and one assist. Wenzl had one assist.