VolleyDogs back on winning track

Posted October 24, 2013 at 1:34 pm

The El Dorado Springs VolleyDogs got back on track with two victories the past week.

ElDo hosted Skyline on Oct. 14 and won 25-7, 25-11.

“We went into the match focusing on fundamentals and trying not to overlook our opponent,” said Coach Tonya Hooper. “I felt like we came out and played a solid game.”

Alexa Schaaf led the varsity hitters with six kills. Kinli Simmons, Kameron Schaaf, and Taylor North each added three. Simmons had 12 assists. Becky Jennings led the team with four aces. Simmons and Alexa Schaaf had four digs each. Megan Chism earned two solo blocks and one block assist while Kameron Schaaf had three block assists.

The varsity VolleyDogs then traveled to Stockton on Oct. 17. ElDo’s strong serving and powerful hitters were too much for Stockton as ElDo swept the match 25-10, 25-12.

“I thought we did a good job maintaining our focus and reducing our unforced errors against Stockton,” said Coach Hooper. “We allowed Stockton to get some momentum in the second set, but we shut them down and finished the match strong.”

Megan Chism led the ElDo attack with six kills followed by Kameron Schaaf with five. Kinli Simmons led her team with six aces, 12 assists and four digs during the match. Alexa Schaaf, Chism and Simmons each earned one solo block.

The JV team played one set against Skyline and lost 17-25 on Oct. 14. Becky Jennings led her team with two aces, one kill and two digs. Caeleigh Gardner and Jamie Johnson each added a kill. Kinlee Ihde had two assists, one solo block and one block assist.

“The JV team played hard against Skyline,” said Coach Hooper. “The girls pretty much played the same team that the varsity had played in the opening match, which was a combination of varsity and JV players. Sets like those will make the girls better.”

The JV VolleyDogs rebounded as they traveled to Stockton on Oct. 17. After losing the first set 18-25, ElDo came out fired up and swept the second and third sets 25-18, 25-11 to give Stockton a loss.

Strong serving helped ElDo to victory with Kinlee Ihde and Felecia Ozbun earning six and five aces respectively, Becky Jennings, newly positioned libero on the JV squad, led the team in kills with five. Jennings led the team in digs with two. Madison Posey had six assists.

“I was extremely proud of the girls for fighting back after losing the first set,” said Coach Hooper. “Perseverance is priceless in the game of volleyball.”

El Dorado hosted Buffalo on Oct. 21 then finished the regular season at Adrian on Oct. 22. The varsity will open district play at 5 p.m. Oct. 29 in Diamond against the winner of Diamond and Stockton from the first round. If ElDo wins their semi-final match, they will advance to the championship match at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m.