by Steve Peterson
Akron-Westfield and West Sioux volleyball teams donned pink-dominated uniforms for the annual “Pink Out” day for breast cancer awareness, and provided fans with nearly two hours of competitive volleyball in War Eagle Conference play Oct. 2.
No lead appeared to be a safe one with these two .500 level teams clashed Tuesday. A-W finally emerged with the win, 3-2, over the Falcons. A-W took Set One 25-18 but West Sioux responded with a 29-27 win in Set Two in volleyball overtime. A-W regrouped to win Set Three 25-18 but the Falcons forced a fifth and deciding set with a 25-14 win in Set Four. A-W dominated the best-to-15 points fifth set, 15-8.
“It was our serving and we finished the plays,” said A-W Head Coach Mollie Koopmans of the end. “This will be a big confidence-booster.”
A-W’s record stood at 9-8 overall, 4-3 in WEC play. It was A-W’s second straight victory.
Senior Emily Miller led A-W in kills with seven and Bethany Eastman added five.
Setter Dana Hedlund dished out 26 assists and senior Haley Coyle added three for the Lady Westerners.
Jordan Hansen had 15 digs while Kortney Hedlund added six and Desi Oltmanns had four. Hansen was also 10-for-15 with two aces serving.
Dana Hedlund was 20-for-21 serving while Kortney Hedlund was 12-for-14 with one ace. Kayla Tindall had 21-for-23 serving. A-W had seven aces.
A-W took a 10-6 lead on a kill by Tindall. It was a 15-11 lead on an ace by Eastman and the Lady Westerners kept a safe at least five point lead. Hansen finished out the set with four straight to lead to set point, chalked up by a kill by Eastman.
West Sioux was a determined team as well in the battle of rivals. The Falcons took a 4-3 lead on a Maddy Eilts kill early in the second set action. An ace by junior Carly Dekkers opened up a 10-7 visitors lead. It grew to 16-12 on a point by Carissa Anderson. A-W rallied for a 20-17 deficit but Dekkers kept the Falcons ahead with a point.
A Tindall ace tied things up at 20-20 and it would be another nine points before this one would be decided.
Eilts had a kill for a one-point West Sioux lead at 25-24, but A-W’s Kortney Hedlund and Coyle served for points for a 26-26 tie.
After a 27-27 tie, Dekkers served for the final two points for the Falcons’ win.
West Sioux kept its momentum in the third set with a 5-3 lead on an ace by Rylee Negaard.
After an A-W time-out, the home team gained a 5-5 tie on a kill by Schroeder. A-W took an 11-10 lead later while Schroeder was serving, but West Sioux gained a 13-12 advantage and it was tied again at 14-14.
A-W ran off a 7-0 run behind Dana Hedlund’s serves for a 21-14 lead and went on to a 25-18 win for a 2-1 set lead.
Coach Laura Hensley’s West Sioux team was ready to force a fifth set and did so, leading 8-4 early in the fourth. Dekkers had two points serving for a 13-7 lead. A kill by junior Shannon Jasper, who had another strong match, made it 17-9 visitors. Anderson and Dekkers serves brought the Falcons to 20-12 lead and Jaylen Blankenship with an ace in a service run helped finish off the set for a 25-14 Falcons’ win.
A-W jumped to a 5-0 lead in the fifth set behind Kortney Hedlund’s serves. A-W led 8-3 and 11-7 before Kortney Hedlund finished out the set and ending night of volleyball between the Big Sioux River rival schools. A-W and WS also clashed in junior varsity, “C” squad match and Middle School battles Tuesday.
West Sioux’s record was 9-11 after the loss.
Jasper finished with 18 kills and four solo blocks. Negaard had eight kills, while Dekkers and Eilts added three and Schmidt, Calie Peterson and Rehder all had one.
Anderson led in digs with 22 and Negaard added 14, Rehder had six.
Setter Rehder had 21 assists, Brooke Klemme had four.
Negaard led in aces with five. Anderson had four, Dekkers had three and Blankenship and Rehder had one each.
“We have some really great sets where our girls played awesome on offense and defense. Jasper had another great match offensively and I’m so proud of how far she has come since last year. Negaard did a nice job and Anderson had some great defensive statistics,” said West Sioux Coach Hensley.
Coyle 3 kills, 4 kill errors, 8 attack attempts, 1 block assist, 1 solo block, 2 blocks total, 5-for-10 serving, 1 ace; Miller, 3 kill errors, 7 kills, 11 attack attempts, 1 solo block, 1 total block; Eastman, 5 kills, 3 kill errors, 8 attack attempts, 1 solo block, 1 block assist, 2 total blocks, 9-for-11 serving, 1 ace; Hansen, 3 kills, 2 kill errors, 5 attack attempts, 15 digs, 10-for-15 serving, 2 aces; Oltmanns, 3 attack attempts, 4 digs; Schroeder, 4 kills, 6 kill errors, 10 attack attempts, 3 block assists, 1 solo block, 4 total blocks, 2-for-3 serving, 1 ace; Tindall, 3 kills, 1 dig, 1 block assist, 21-for-23 serving.
A-W team totals were 29 kills, 23 kill errors, 70 attack attempts, 29 assists, 32 digs, 5 block assists, 5 solo blocks, 10 total blocks, 79-for-97 serving, 0.814, 6 aces.