by Steve Peterson
A three-win week was the goal for Akron-Westfield when Elk Point-Jefferson, S.D., visited for a non-conference volleyball match Oct. 6.
The Lady Westerners had downed West Sioux and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn earlier in the week for War Eagle Conference wins. But the EP-J Huskies proved to be too much in a 3-0 sweep of A-W. Straight set scores were 25-16, 25-17, 25-12 in favor of the visitors in a match with a large crowd on Saturday.
A-W’s record stood at 10-9 overall, 5-3 in the WEC.
A-W battled Hinton on Oct. 9 for the Parents Night match. They said farewell to Lady Westerners seniors Emily Miller and Haley Coyle, playing in their final regular season home match.
Against EP-J, in the First Set, the Huskies came out hitting and led 15-3. A-W made it look respectable later, as Kayla Tindall had a kill for the seventh point and the home team reached double figures, down 23-11, before the Huskies closed it out.
In the Second Set, A-W battled to a 7-6 deficit before the Huskies slowly pulled away. A-W got a kill by Cali Westergard for a 12-10 EP-J lead but the visitors went on a 6-1 run to gain an 18-11 cushion.
Coyle had back-to-back ace serves for a 20-16 deficit but A-W had only one more point after that.
After a 6-5 visitors lead in Set Three, it grew to 14-9. Miller had one kill for a 15-11 margin, but the Huskies finished with a 10-1 run.
A-W won the Junior Varsity match 2-1.
Of note, Stacy Kramer and Tammie Britt filled in for the coaching duties in the absence of A-W’s Head Coach Mollie Koopmans.
The GWC Friendship and Service Club continued their fund raiser for June E. Nylen Cancer Center during breast cancer awareness month.
A-W vs. H-M-S
The Lady Westerners ventured to Hartley and made the long trip Oct. 4 a beneficial one. A-W won the First Set, 25-20; lost the Second Set, 25-19; won the Third Set, 25-22; lost the Fourth Set, 26-24 for a 2-2 tie and won the deciding Set Five, 15-9.
A-W concludes the regular season and conference play at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn on Oct. 11.