by Steve Peterson
West Sioux High School’s Homecoming volleyball match against Remsen Union saw a spirited rally by the Lady Falcons to win the junior varsity match, 2-1 Sept. 27.
That enthusiasm carried over into the First Set of the varsity match, a 25-21 Falcons’ win.
But the Rockets dominated the final three sets. Remsen Union won Set Two, 25-11; won Set Three, 25-13 and won the match in Set Four, 25-14.
West Sioux saw its record drop to 9-10 overall, 3-3 with the War Eagle Conference loss.
Against the Rockets, the Lady Falcons’ First Set rally started on an ace serve by Carissa Anderson for an 8-4 deficit. Remsen Union still led 13-6.
A kill by Shannon Jasper brought the home team to within two points, 17-15. Another kill by Jasper caused a 17-17 tie. Jaylen Blankenship, the Homecoming Queen, served for several points for a 23-18 West Sioux lead. Rylee Negaard had a kill and Blankenship had one ace during the run.
The Rockets made it 23-21 but two kills by Negaard, a sophomore, gave the Falcons the set win.
It was 3-3 early in Set Two before RU gained momentum with another 13-6 lead. Maddy Eilts made it 16-9 Rockets with a kill for the Falcons but the visitors continued their two-to-one edge in points to a 25-11 win.
The Rockets soared to a 7-1 lead in Set Three.
The Falcons had another comeback in them and gained a 7-7 tie. But, the Rockets took a 12-10 lead and extended it to a 25-13 set win.
Remsen Union was the determined team to win Set Four with a 12-4 lead. The Falcons closed the gap to 14-9 but the lead grew to 10 points again and the Rockets won, 24-14.
“The first set was great. The girls had fantastic energy and were working together as a team. After that set, we struggled to find that energy again and maintain it. We seem to have spurts of three or four point runs that are really some great volleyball. We have to learn to make those into 10 to 15 point runs right out of the gate. Jasper and Negaard did a great job again offensively,” said WS Head Coach Laura Hensley.
Jasper had seven kills, followed by Negaard with five, Carly Dekkers had four, and Schmidt and Eilts had one each.
Anderson had 11 digs and Negaard had 10. Blankenship had three digs, and Dekkers and Rehder had two each on defense.
Dekkers had five aces and Rehder contributed three.
Jasper, Dekkers and Schmidt each had one solo block and Schmidt had two block assists while Dekkers and Jasper had one each.
West Sioux will host Gehlen Catholic in an Oct. 4 WEC match. The junior varsity will be at the Hinton tournament Oct. 8. The Falcons face South O’Brien in Paullina Oct. 9 before the final regular season match, home against Spalding Catholic, Oct. 11, for Parents Night.
West Sioux vs. Remsen-St. Mary’s, 3-1
The Falcons had defeated Remsen-St. Mary’s, 3-1, on Sept. 20.
Jasper led the offense with 17 kills. The Falcons as a team had more than 100 attack attempts in the four sets.
Setter Jennie Rehder lofted 31 assists.
On defense Anderson had 17 digs. Carly Dekkers and Negaard added seven each.
Negaard was 15-for-16 serving with three aces to lead that department. Anderson was 14-for-15 serving with two aces.
“Remsen-St. Mary’s was a very scrappy team which made for an interesting match. Our bench did a tremendous job stepping up when several of our starters had to come off the court. These players were Calie Peterson, Brooke Klemme and Tori McKee.
“Jasper had a solid night at the net with 17 kills. Negaard did a great job on offense and defense. Anderson played an exciting match in the back court,” said Hensley.
Statistics West Sioux vs. Remsen-St. Mary’s
Anderson, 2 kills, 7 attack attempts, 17 digs, 14-for-15 serving, 2 aces; Blankenship, 1 kill, 1 attack attempt, 2 digs, 1-for-2 serving; Schmidt, 1 kill, 1 attack attempt, 1 dig, 1 block assist, 1 total block; Dekkers, 3 kills, 7 kill errors, 18 attack attempts, 1 assist, 7 digs, 4 solo blocks, 4 total blocks, 10-for-14 serving; Eilts, 6 kills, 5 kill errors, 25 attack attempts, 3 digs, 11-for-12 serving; Jasper, 17 kills, 1 kill error, 31 attack attempts, 1 block assist, 3 solo blocks, four total blocks, 10-for-14 serving; Rehder, 1 kill, 5 attack attempts, 31 assists, 4 digs; Calie Peterson, 1 kill, 2 attack attempts, 1 assist, 4 digs, 11-for-12 serving; Negaard, 7 kills, 5 kill errors, 24 attack attempts, 2 assists, 7 digs, 15-for-16 serving, 3 assists; Team 39 kills, 18 kill errors, 114 attack attempts, 35 assists, 45 digs, 2 block assists, 7 solo blocks, 9 total blocks, 62-for-71 serving, 0.873 percent, 5 aces.