Lady Dragon Volleyball 1st Home Match 2011
By Coach Joell Matlack
We had our first home matches on Tuesday, Sept. 6th against non-league competitors, Conway Springs and Wichita Trinity. The varsity squad started the night strong with a commanding win over Conway Springs in two sets, 25-13 and 25-9. Against Conway we served 96% as a team. Offensively, Aubrie VanSteenburg led with 17 kills. Shelby Howard had one of her best matches, adding her season high, 7 kills. Morgan Matlack had 23 assists. Victoria Maurath, outside hitter, had 3 strong kills. Defensively, Alyssa Talbott led in digs with 11. Sydney Beat had 7. Sara Littlejohn, Victoria Maurath, Shelby Howard, and Aubrie VanSteenburg added strong blocking.
In the third match of the night, the varsity also defeated Wichita Trinity in three sets, 25-19, 21-25, and 26-24. The last match was a battle, but the girls fought through some adversity and errors to get the win. I am proud of the girls for coming together as a team and finding a way to finish the match. Alyssa Talbott had a strong match; 100% serving (18/18) and 20 digs, her season high. She also had 25 serve receives. Miranda Daniels was a key player this game as well, adding 2 key kills at crucial times in the match. Morgan Matlack had 38 assists, 12 digs, and 10/10 serving. Aubrie VanSteenburg had 32 kills and 4 blocks. Victoria Maurath had 3 kills, and Lauren Wells went 9/10 from the serving line.
The girls came out ready to play. We emphasized better passing and serve receive in the practices leading up to these matches – when we pass well we can attack the ball and cause our opponents to play out of system. Our players had their best passing night of the season.
JV Squad Making Improvements:
The Halstead JV Volleyball team played Conway Springs and Wichita Trinity on Tuesday, Sept. 6th. In the first match against Conway, Halstead lost the first set. In the second set, the girls improved on their serve receive and passing, leading to a win. The Lady Dragons were down in the third set, but determination and teamwork brought them back to win the set and the match, giving them their first win of the season. Coach Laura Jordan said that players Alex Wright and Brooke Marshall demonstrated great leadership skills during the game by hustling and communicating well with the rest of the team.
The JV girls were defeated by Wichita Trinity in the last match of the night.