Lady Dragon Volleyball 09-29-2011
Written by craig Thursday, 29 September 2011 19:20
Lady Dragon Volleyball
by Coach Joell Matlack
The Halstead Lady Dragon Volleyball Team moved to 17-7 (2-1 in league) after Tuesday night’s matches in Lyons. The varsity started the night with a commanding win over Lyons in two sets (25-7, 25-9). In serving, Alyssa Talbott was 17/17 and Lauren Wells served 10 out of 11. Aubrie VanSteenburg led in hitting, with 15 kills on 20 attempts and only 1 error. Miranda Daniels added 3 kills on 6 attempts, and Victoria Maurath had 4 kills. Aubrie VanSteenburg had 2 ace blocks. Morgan Matlack had 21 assists for the match, and defensively, Alyssa Talbott had 10 digs, while Lauren Wells contributed 5.
In the last match of the night, the Dragons were overpowered by the Central Christian Cougars. This is the second time we have lost to Central Christian this season. I really thought we would have the advantage this time around, but errors on our part, especially in serve receive and hitting, were our downfall. VanSteenburg had a strong hitting game, connecting on 19 kills. She also had 10 digs for the match. Talbott was strong in serve receive, with 15 (2.53 average passing). Wells served 7/7 and had 4 digs. Shelby Howard was 5/5 in serving, with 1 ace. She also had 3 kills. Maurath served 100% (7/7) and added a kill. Sydney Beat had 2 ace serves on 8/8 attempts.
JV matches (by Laura Jordan):
Central Christian game
16 to 25 CC won
25 to 14 HHS won
15 to 10 HHS won
As a team, we are fundamentally getting better. We were in the right positions defensively, which helped us get better attacks against CCH. Mattie Warner was a key in this win, as she had several kills and played the net well. Everyone communicated much better in the last two games, which led to our win. Everyone served well, leading to a lot of points.
19 to 25
20 to 25
We played Lyons much better this time around; again we played fundamentally well. Struggled with communication at times which led to getting down by several points. Girls continued to fight which led us to coming back in both games.
Lady Dragons take 3rd at Marion
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 16:23 Written by craig Tuesday, 20 September 2011 16:14
Lady Dragon Volleyball
Marion Tournament: Sept 17th
The Varsity girls played in the Marion Tournament on Saturday, September 17th. The girls were ready to compete and came out of pool play undefeated. They beat Marion (25-18, 25-13), Canton Galva (25-14, 25-15), and Sedgwick (25-20, 25-17). In the semi finals, the girls were not able to overcome Eureka (lost 23-25, 22-25). We had too many unforced errors – balls hit out of bounds or in the net and missed serves. We also held back and played a little scared against Eureka. The loss was a disappointment to the team, and though it was tough, I believe it will ultimately bring them closer together as they continue into tough league play. They rallied back and defeated Berean Academy for third place, 25-4, 25-20. The first set against Berean is probably the best volleyball we have played all year.
**Aubrie VanSteenburg was named to the seven member all-tournament team.
Stat Averages/Highlights for the Marion Tournament:
Alyssa Talbott: 100% serving, , 2.45 serve receive average, 3.6 digs/set
Aubrie VanSteenburg: 7 ace serves, 8.5 kills/set, 4.1 digs/set
Lauren Wells: 97% serving, 2 digs/set
Marcy Thomas: 11 kills
Miranda Daniels: 11 kills
Morgan Matlack: 13.5 assists/set, 3 digs/set
Sara Littlejohn: 12 kills
Shelby Howard: 2.5 kills/set, 7 blocks
Sydney Beat: 96% serving, 8 ace serves, 2.4 serve receive average, 2.3 digs/set
Victoria Maurath: 14 kills, 1.9 digs/set, 97% serving
Triangular @ Pratt – Sept. 13th:
C Team is Improving: (comments by Joshua Johnson, C Team Coach)
The Lady Dragon C Team had a busy week. They played in a tournament in Hesston on Thursday, September 15th, getting some good experience with top competition. The C Team then travelled to Hoisington for a tournament on September 17th. The tournament started with a game against host Hoisington, who played very well. We played well as a team, as the ladies adjusted to having a libero. Communication went pretty well, passes were better and overall, improvement could be seen, although there is still a long way to go. After a break, we played Lyons and had a bit of a drop off in our match against them, before rebounding against Hesston. Although we didn't win the game, we had a better showing against them compared to just two days earlier. We finished the day with Great Bend, where the length of the day took its toll on some of our ladies, with two in particular feeling ill (one had to be pulled as she felt too sick). As a team, our passing has improved, communication is better, but still needs to improve and the ladies need to focus on defensive positioning throughout a game.
Allie King was very strong as the libero and Haley Shirley has shown a great deal of improvement as a middle hitter, including getting several blocks on Thursday night and Saturday. Everyone is getting better and needs to continue their strides in practice and on game days.