by Steve Peterson
West Sioux was able to be competitive with Gehlen Catholic at times but the Lady Jays prevailed on “Pink Out” night for breast cancer awareness with a 3-0 win on Oct. 4.
The Jays, 17-9 overall record, won in straight sets: 25-14, 25-17 and 25-19.
West Sioux led 7-4 in the First Set as junior Shannon Jasper made her presence felt with four early kills. The Lady Jays recovered, though, and gained a tie at 8-8. The visitors then pulled away to a 19-12 lead, forcing a West Sioux timeout. Gehlen then finished the set, totalling a 17-6 run since the last tie.
Set Two saw both teams battle to an early 7-7 tie. West Sioux led 9-8 before the momentum swung to the Lady Jays as they gained a 16-10 lead, then won 25-17.
Jasper led the way early in the Third Set for the West Sioux offense. The Lady Falcons had a 6-6 tie, the Lady Jays pulled ahead 12-9, but the Falcons rallied for a 13-13 tie with Carly Dekkers serving. It was back-and-forth with West Sioux’s last lead at 15-14, but the Lady Jays pulled away, reaching a 20-16 lead. A Rylee Negaard kill made it 20-17 but a 4-1 Gehlen run ended it.
West Sioux was nearly perfect in serving, 49-for-51 with six aces.
West Sioux fell to a 9-12 overall record with the loss.
“This was our best conference match so far,” said West Sioux Head Coach Laura Hensley. “The girls battled hard the entire match and our consistency of play was right on. Gehlen is a fast-paced team with some tremendous athletes. I was proud of our girls making it a competitive match from beginning to end.”
“Jaylen Blankenship was our libero this match and really impressed me on the back court,” she said. “Also our block finally came together and managed to compete against Gehlen’s tough defense.”
“Jasper and Calie Schmidt did a great job at the net closing the block,” said Hensley. “Overall, I was very proud of our team and look forward to the same level of play next week.”
Jasper led with six kills. Dekkers and Negaard added two each and Maddy Eilts and Jenna Rehder had one. Jasper had four solo and two assist blocks, and Schmidt had two assist blocls.
Blankenship had 11 digs, and Negaard added nine. Rehder contributed four, and Eilts had three.
Fundraising efforts for the Susan G. Komen Fund on Thursday included drinks sold by the West Sioux wrestling cheerleaders; a quilt raffle; and bracelets and tissue holders were sold by the volleyball team.
The West Sioux varsity’s record was 9-12 overall, 3-6 in WEC play. The Lady Falcons were at South O’Brien on Oct. 9 and host Spalding Catholic for Parents Night Oct. 11 to conclude the regular season.
Gehlen Catholic won the Junior Varsity match, 2-0.
Blankenship: 2 attack attempts, 1 assist, 11 digs, 5-for-6 serving; Schmidt: 1 kill error, 7 attack attempts, 2 assists, 2 block assists, 2 total blocks, 7-for-7 serving; Dekkers: 2 kills, 2 kill errors, 9 attack attempts, 1 dig, 13-for-13 serving, 2 aces; Eilts: 1 kill, 3 kill errors, 17 attack attempts, 3 digs, 5-for-5 serving, 1 ace; Jasper: 6 kills, 3 kill errors, 17 attack attempts, 2 block assists, 4 solo blocks, 6 total blocks; Rehder: 1 kill, 1 attack attempt, 7 assists, 4 digs. 3-for-4 serving; Negaard: 2 kills, 6 kill errors, 14 attack attempts, 9 digs, 16-for-16 serving, 3 aces.
Team: 12 kills, 15 kill errors, 67 attack attempts, 13 assists, 28 digs, 4 block assists, 4 solo blocks, 8 blocks total, 49-for-51 serving, 0.961percent, 6 aces.