The VolleyDogs hosted and beat Miller, Bolivar and Warsaw last week boosting their record to 15-2-2.
The El Dorado VolleyDogs continued their winning streak hosting Miller on Sept. 17.
The JV team quickly defeated Miller 25-11, 25-10. Fallyn Ozbun led the team in kills with six while Megan Chism added four. Ozbun and Chism also combined for five service aces on the night. Olivia Hallford had 14 assists.
The varsity team continued the domination against Miller winning in two quick sets 25-9, 25-8.
Kaili Simmons led all hitters with nine kills and Payton Hallford had four. Lakyn Coleman and Alexa Schaaf had three service aces each. Kinli Simmons had 11 assists and Brooke Stacy had nine. Payton Hallford and Courtney Hooper combined for five solo blocks and three block assists. Alexa Schaaf had six digs.
“We weren’t challenged by Miller’s hitters,” said Coach Tonya Hooper, “but I felt like the girls did a good job keeping their focus during the match. We’re able to look at some different combinations in our lineup in matches like these and I felt the girls adjusted well.”
The VolleyDogs hosted Pink Out Night against Bolivar on Sept. 18.
The JV encountered their best competition of the season and defeated Bolivar in a tough match 28-26, 25-22 before a bright pink crowd. Megan Chism led her team in kills with nine. Olivia Hallford had five service aces and 13 assists.
Coach Jeanie Norman commented on the match, “It was good to see a competitive game against Bolivar. We were slow starting in both sets, but the girls were able to step up and do what needed to be done to win the game. We got a chance to show what we’re really capable of and in the end we cinched a great win in front of a great crowd on Pink Out night.”
Following the JV match, the VolleyDogs recognized local St. Jude kids Khloie Farran and Haleigh Ridgeway. Melanie Farran, mom to Khloie, gave a short message about St. Jude’s and Khloie’s journey with cancer.
The varsity team came out strong against Bolivar and took a lead in the first set. But it was a roller coaster battle as ElDo fell 26-24. The second set saw another roller coaster battle as both teams struggled to take the lead. Within two points of losing the match, ElDo shut down Bolivar’s hope of a victory and gained some powerful momentum earning five straight points to win 25-23. The third set was all ElDo as the VolleyDogs played their best game of the night and defeated Bolivar 25-17 before an enthusiastic crowd.
“The crowd on Pink Out Night made all the difference,” said Coach Hooper. “The girls were so excited to see the support from the student body. When it looked like there was no hope, a glimmer of light appeared and the crowd lifted them through the rest of the match. We hope the students continue to support us on this journey.”
Alexa Schaaf led the team with 11 kills followed by Kaili Simmons with 10. Kinli Simmons had 12 assists and Brooke Stacy had 11. Kaili Simmons, Alexa Schaaf and Fallyn Ozbun each added three service aces. Kaili Simmons had 14 digs followed by Brooke Stacy with eight.
“We’ve been plagued with some minor injuries and illness this season,” said Coach Hooper. “Those situations have forced some of our younger kids to step up and fill a void in the lineup. Those situations have also given a glimpse of possible lineup combinations for post season. If you were at the Bolivar match, you saw what I’m talking about. The future is very exciting for El Dorado volleyball.”
Following the varsity match, Tara Collins was announced as the winner of the Pink Out Night game ball. Game ball raffle ticket sales totaled $279.50 and the proceeds will be sent to St. Jude’s.
The VolleyDogs wrapped up their three-match week at home against Warsaw on Sept. 20.
Once again, ElDo was too much to handle as the JV quickly defeated Warsaw 25-11, 25-9. Megan Chism led the team with six kills followed by Fallyn Ozbun with three. Chism led the team in service aces with five and Ozbun had three. Olivia Hallford had 11 assists. Taylor North had two solo blocks.
“Strong serving and good ball control were the keys in our wins over Miller and Warsaw this past week. Aggressive play on our side of the net kept them rattled and unable to return very many balls,” commented Coach Norman. The JV record is currently 8-1.
The varsity team quickly defeated Warsaw 25-12, 25-10.
“The Warsaw match was very similar to the game on Monday against Miller,” said Coach Hooper. “We played well and were able to look at some different combinations in our lineup. We’re constantly focusing on perfecting things for the end of the season.”
Kaili Simmons led the team with six kills. Payton Hallford added five. Kinli Simmons had 10 assists and Brooke Stacy had seven. Lakyn Coleman led the team from the service line with three aces.
ElDo travelled to Liberal on Sept. 24 and hosted Clever on Sept. 25. The match against Nevada on Sept. 27 will be played at the Nevada Middle School gym with JV starting at 6:30.
SMACK – Kameron Schaaf, middle hitter, swings hard at a Warsaw blocker.
BUSH CLOCKS ONE – During the JV game against Warsaw, Outside Hitter Rachel Bush smashed a good set.
BIRTH OF A KILL – Fallyn Ozbun passes the ball to start the VolleyDog offense during the JV match.
BEHIND EVERY GOOD HITTER… – Brooke Stacy sets the ball for Sophomore Middle Hitter Megan Chism
ROAD BLOCK – Payton Hallford, middle blocker, and Brooke Stacy, setter, stop a Warsaw hitter.