Lady Pirates Open With Five Set Nailbiter, Host Round at Home

The Pirate Volleyball team opened their season on Thursday night at home.  The team took a five set loss to Wakefield in a very competitive match (23-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-15, 12-15). 

“This was a very entertaining game. The girls had great moments of smooth and fast play. There is a lot of growth available to this team but it was a good start.” said Coach Kim Miller.

Offensively for the Pirates, Hannah Darnall led the way with 11 kills on an impressive 0.375% hitting percentage. That equates to only two errors on 24 attempts at the net. The team as a whole had a strong statistical night at the net, with Abbie Kromarek totalling 11 kills and Teya Boyer with 10.  Boyer, in her setting position, led the team with 24 set assists.

Defense was led by Darnall as well, picking up 13 digs and assisting in three blocks. Shayla Jacobsen also had a strong defensive night, picking up 12 digs and assisting in three blocks. Darnall, Jacobsen, and Boyer were all leaders from the service line with three, two, and two aces respectively.

Next up for the Pirate Varsity is a home triangular with Winside and St. Mary’s on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Then the team will travel to Summerland on Thursday to take on a quick rematch with St. Mary’s and Summerland. The next week brings the Pirates back home with a dual against Creighton on Tuesday.

JV vs. Wakefield
The Pirate JV volleyball squad got off to a good start on the season with a two set victory over Wakefield with set scores of 25-21 and 25-19.  

The group dug a hole for a bit in the first set but through teamwork and aggressive serves, they were able to rally back and capture the overall victory.  

Kaydance Maertins, Mallory Mauer, and Kenzie Doerr led in the serving category.  Picking up the most blocks was Peighton Arlt.  Set assists was led by Mallory Mauer. Attacking was an all around effort and is one area we will be working on in practices.    

“Overall the team was a bit nervous with their first game, but they gained composure and settled in on their fundamentals throughout the match to get their first “W”,” said Coach Christi Boyer. “They were also able to achieve four of the goals the group set for themselves, which included at least an 88% serving percentage.”

C Team vs. Wakefield
The Pirate C-Team started their season off with a home match against the Wakefield Trojans.  
The Lady Pirates captured victory in 2 sets, 22-20 and 21-8.  The players rallied from a 7 point deficit in the 1st set to capture victory and dominated the 2nd set.  

The Lady Pirates dominated the service line and were led in aces by Kenzie Doerr and Riley Miller with 4 aces each.  Adalyn Dummer documented 5 kills, Riley Miller had 4 kills and Kenzie Doerr 3.  Jaylin Johnson led the team with 8 set assists.  Avery Hardisty led the team with 12 digs.  

August 26 Quad
The Pirate Volleyball team went 1-2 in their home Saturday Quad. 

The day consisted of a three set loss to Boone Central (25-18, 17-25, 18-25), two set win over Boyd Country (26-24, 25-22), and a three set loss to Stuart (25-21, 26-28, 20-25). 

“There were a lot of learning experiences from today’s games,” commented Coach Miller. “There were great moments from the team but we have to find our consistency as individuals. The girls are working hard to match the expectations.”

In the first game against Boone Central, Teya Boyer led the way on the offensive end with eight kills from her middle hitter position and 16 set assists from her setting position. 
Abbie Kromarek was also strong at the net with seven kills. Boyer and Brooke Rafert each marked an ace serve to their name. Hannah Darnall put up a wall at the net with one solo block and three assisted blocks. Madelynn Dougherty was the defensive leader with 12 digs from her libero position.

The two set win versus Boyd County had Boyer leading the way in kills with nine. Marque Albin was the set assist leader, notching 10 to her name, and Rafert placed an impressive five ace serves in the game. Defensively, Darnall had a hand in two blocks and Kromarek covered the floor well with nine digs.

In the competitive three set loss to Stuart, Darnall was the offensive leader with 11 kills to her name. Boyer led the way in set assists with 16 and Kromarek had strong serving with four aces. 
Dougherty covered the floor on defense, picking up 16 digs. She also marked a kill from her libero position. Kromarek was also strong on defense with 15 digs. The blocking distribution was strong for the team, with Boyer having a hand in three blocks and Shayla Jacobsen, Darnall, and Kromarek each having a part in two.

JV vs. Boone Central
The Lady Pirate JV team captured their second victory of their season by defeating Boone Central in three sets.  

The first set the group dominated, the second set was one we will learn from, and the third set the girls stepped back up and won with confidence and determination.

Net play was led by Kaydance Maertins in the hitting department and blocking area.  Even in the Tartan Gym with a different serving space, the girls achieved their serving goal and did not let the difference affect them.  Assists were evenly distributed between setters Mallory Mauer and Kenzie Doerr.  

The team did a great job of regrouping after the second set.  Communication stepped up and victory was achieved through their teamwork.    

JV vs. Boyd County
A quick match in two sets against Boyd County for the JV team led to their third win of the season. 

Kenzie Doerr dolled out 6 ace serves and led serving percentage for the team in the final match of Saturday play.  Peighton Arlt followed the net well and controlled that area.  Outside hitters Addy Hodson and Emma Sauser tied in their attacking using a mixture of cut shots and cross court long shots to find the floor on Boyd County’s side of the net. 

“Great start to the JV season 3-0!,” said Coach Boyer.

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