The El Dorado Springs VolleyDogs continued their winning streak at Liberal on Sept. 24.
The JV squad earned their ninth victory on the season defeating Liberal 25-21, 25-19. Megan Chism led the ElDo hitters with five kills. Fallyn Ozbun added three. Rachel Bush had four service aces and Olivia Hallford had three. Hallford led her team with nine assists and two blocks.
“We came out pretty slow against Liberal. We had several girls who didn’t have their heads in the game and it led to quite a few mistakes,” said Coach Jeanie Norman. “However, when it came down to it, we were able to score some points and pull out a win.”
The varsity team continued their winning streak as well, although it was a rough start in the first set. ElDo took several leads only to see Liberal fight back and close the gap. ElDo took the first set 25-22 and dominated the second set 25-11.
Alexa Schaaf led the team in kills with seven while Kaili Simmons had six. Brooke Stacy and Kaili Simmons had three service aces each. Kinli Simmons had 12 assists and Brooke Stacy earned eight. Payton Hallford had four solo blocks on the night.
“We played in bursts,” said Coach Tonya Hooper. “The girls would open up their lead then relax and make some mental errors. We must stay focused in a match like this.”
The VolleyDogs took no time off and hosted Clever on Sept. 25. The JV squad played well earning another victory beating Clever 25-19, 25-13.
“We played a very balanced game against Clever. We served well and we passed well enough to spread out our offense and get kills and from all positions,” said Coach Norman.
Megan Chism once again led the team in kills with five. Fallyn Ozbun had two service aces. Olivia Hallford had nine assists. Taylor North, Megan Chism, and Olivia Hallford had one block each.
The varsity VolleyDogs had a lot on their minds as they faced off with Clever for the second time this season.
“Every team knows it’s hard to beat a good team, but it’s even harder the second time,” said Coach Hooper. “I reminded the girls to not become over-confident against Clever just because we had beaten them once.”
ElDo took the first set 25-19 but lost all momentum starting the second set and lost 25-19. The third set found a fired up ElDo team as they dominated the Clever team winning 25-15.
“We had way too many unforced errors against Clever,” said Coach Hooper. “We missed 12 serves and had eight hitting errors. It’s hard to beat good teams with those kinds of numbers. Tonight, we got lucky when we found our momentum in the third set. Momentum made all the difference.”
Kaili Simmons led the ElDo team with 11 kills. Alexa Schaaf had nine and Payton Hallford had seven. Kinli Simmons had three service aces and 16 assists. Brooke Stacy added 10 assists. Kaili Simmons had seven digs. Payton Hallford had three solo blocks and three block assists. Courtney Hooper had four block assists.
ElDo travelled to Nevada on Sept. 27 to face off with their Vernon County rival. In the JV match, ElDo handled Nevada in two quick sets 25-17, 25-12. Kameron Schaaf and Taylor North led the team with three service aces each. Olivia Hallford led the team in kills with three and nine assists. Olivia Hallford and Megan Chism had two blocks each.
Coach Norman reported, “Nevada was a fun game. The rivalry had the girls pumped up, and they came out strong to take care of business. They showed a lot more intensity than they have in some of the past games, and it set a great tempo and atmosphere for the varsity to follow.”
The varsity VolleyDogs came out strong beating Nevada 25-21, 25-16.
“We were fired up,” said Coach Hooper. “The girls worked their tails off, playing some of their best defense of all season and finding the weak spots in Nevada’s defense. I was extremely proud of their effort.”
Alexa Schaaf led the team in kills with six. Kaili Simmons added five. Kinli Simmons had 10 assists and Brooke Stacy had six. Kaili Simmons and Alexa Schaaf had six digs each. Payton Hallford had two solo blocks and three block assists. Courtney Hooper had two solo blocks and two block assists.
The VolleyDogs hosted Osceola on Oct. 1 then travel to Stockton on Oct. 6 for the Stockton Tournament. Pool play starts at 8 a.m. against Stockton at Stockton High School.
KAILI SIMMONS SMOKES ONE – During the Varsity VolleyDogs’ second game against the Osceola Indians Monday evening, Outside Hitter Kaili Simmons watches the ball she has just crunched fly over the net as Kinli Simmons and Courtney Hooper stand by to assist.
OVER EASY – Varsity VolleyDogs Middle Hitter Courtney Hooper tips the ball for a point on the Osceola Indians Monday evening at home while Kinli Simmons, Alexa Schaaf and Brooke Stacy cover her. The VolleyDogs won in two – 25-21 and 25-17.
READY, SET – Olivia Hallford (No. 24) sets the ball for ElDo hitters Kameron Schaaf and Caleigh Gardner during the JV match with the Osceola Indians Monday evening at home. The JV VolleyDogs won 25-22 and 25-18.
NORTH SENDS BALL SOUTH – During the second game of the El Dorado Springs JV Bulldogs’ match against the Osceola Indians Monday evening, Taylor North nailed one for her team. They won the second game 25-18.