The El Dorado Springs JV VolleyDogs defeated Buffalo 25-16, 25-17 on Oct. 15.
Rachel Bush and Megan Chism led the team with three kills each. Fallyn Ozbun led the team in service aces with six. Olivia Hallford had eight assists.
Coach Jeanie Norman commented on the match, “Our win against Buffalo was a great continuation from the Fair Grove Tournament. The girls came out strong and took care of business quickly to set the stage for the varsity match.”
The varsity team started slow against Buffalo. ElDo lost the first set 15-25 but found some Buffalo weaknesses and pulled off a match win 25-22, 25-19 in the second and third sets.
“We did not come out and execute our game plan in the first set,” said Coach Tonya Hooper. “We made several unforced errors and played with too much hesitation. In the second set, we figured out that our game plan was effective and could lead us to victory.”
Alexa Schaaf had nine kills and Kaili Simmons had seven. Payton Hallford led the team in service aces with two. Kinli Simmons had 13 assists and Brooke Stacy had 11. Kaili Simmons led the team with 17 digs on the night. Kameron Schaaf and Payton Hallford had four blocks each.
El Dorado then wrapped up their regular season at home on Oct. 16 against Adrian. The JV squad played an unofficial match consisting of one set due to player shortage on Adrian’s part.
The JV squad made too many unforced errors and lost the set 19-25. Fallyn Ozbun had two kills while Rachel Bush, Taylor North and Olivia Hallford had one each. Rachel Bush and Taylor North had one service ace each. Olivia Hallford had two blocks and two assists. Fallyn Ozbun finished with two digs.
“The loss to Adrian was not the end to the season that the girls were seeking,” stated Coach Norman. “I have full faith we would have come out on top in three games if we’d had the opportunity to do so.”
The varsity VolleyDogs took care of business and defeated Adrian 25-18, 25-19.
Kaili Simmons had nine kills and Payton Hallford had four. Alexa Schaaf had three service aces. Kinli Simmons had 11 assists and Brooke Stacy had seven. Kate Sibley led the team in digs with six. Payton Hallford had six blocks and Courtney Hooper had four.
“It was an emotion packed night,” said Coach Hooper. “Senior Night is always great to honor the seniors but it’s also emotional for them as they realize it is their final opportunity to play on the court. I appreciate the commitment and hard work they have brought to the program the past four years. They will be missed, but our season’s not over yet.”
The JV team finished their season 20-1 with a first place finish in the Fair Grove Tournament. Coach Norman summarized, “The JV had an amazing season this year. We only lost one match and made a lot of improvements. I never like to make excuses, but the loss came in a game where we had to play with a line up we’d never practiced. However, I hope the girls learned the loss also came in a game where we made a lot of errors. I’m very glad to have coached these girls this season. I saw so many things that make me very excited about the future of the ElDo Volleydogs program.”
The varsity squad finished the regular season 27-3-2 with a third place tie in the Branson Tournament, second place in the Buffalo Tournament and second place in the Stockton Tournament.
District Tournament began on Oct. 22 with ElDo receiving a bye. ElDo then played the winner of Stockton/Lamar on Oct. 23 at 5:30.
LAST JV HOMESTAND – During a one game JV match against Adrian on Tuesday, Oct. 16, Rachel Bush (No.1), sets the ball to Outside Hitter Felecia Ozbun (No.10).