The El Dorado Springs VolleyDogs opened their season at home on Aug. 27 against Strafford.
The JV VolleyDogs, under new coach Jeanie Norman, started the night with a two set victory 25-15, 25-23. Rachel Bush led the team in kills with four followed by Fallyn Ozbun with three. Olivia Hallford had 12 assists to lead her team. Megan Chism had two service aces. Taylor North recorded one solo block.
“We started our season off strong beating Strafford in two straight matches. The girls did a great job picking up two separate rotations. They played hard and definitely earned the win,” said Coach Norman.
The varsity VolleyDogs dominated set one winning 25-7. They lost momentum in the second set losing 25-27 before regaining their composure in the third set and defeating Strafford 25-21.
“I was extremely happy with the way we started our first match of the season. The girls were fired up and intense. The second set was a challenge as Strafford gained momentum and found some holes in our defense, forcing a third set. The team pulled through to win the match and learned some things in the process. It’s good to get the first match out of the way,” commented Coach Tonya Hooper.
Alexa Schaaf, Kaili Simmons and Payton Hallford combined for 19 kills. Kinli Simmons earned 21 assists on the night. Kaili Simmons led the team in digs with seven while Courtney Hooper and Payton Hallford slowed down the Strafford attackers combining for eight solo blocks and eight block assists. Lakyn Coleman led her team with two service aces.
El Dorado then traveled to Butler on Aug. 28. The JV team improved their record to 2-0 with a two set win 25-16, 25-21. Taylor North led the JV in kills with three followed by Rachel Bush and Megan Chism with two each. Olivia Hallford put up five assists. Kameron Schaaf served aggressive getting nine service aces during the match.
Coach Norman commented on her team, “We came out strong in our game against Butler. We relaxed a little too much in the second game, but strong serving secured the second win of the season for us.”
The varsity continued the streak defeating Butler 25-16, 25-21.
“Once again the team came out fired up and ready to play. Our passing was good and we easily controlled the first set. In the second set, we lost our focus and had to fight for the win. Each match is a learning point regardless of the outcome. We must continue to correct our weaknesses and look for depth in our bench to be successful this season,” said Coach Hooper.
Once again the ElDo offense was balanced with Alexa Schaaf, Kaili Simmons and Payton Hallford combining for 20 kills. Freshman setter Kinli Simmons had 18 assists and three service aces. Kaili Simmons and Alexa Schaaf had five digs each. Payton Hallford and Courtney Hooper provided big blocks at the net combining for seven solo blocks and four block assists.
El Dorado traveled to Skyline on Sept. 4 and Lockwood on Sept. 6. The varsity will compete in the Branson Tournament beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, against Hollister.