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Hancock Volleyball team continues on winning streak

The Hancock Volleyball team took first place in a tournament held in Hancock recently.

The Hancock Owls had another busy but productive week, playing three matches and coming away with three victories.On Monday night, the Owls defeated Wheaton in a conference match 25-18, 25-21, 25-23. The Warriors made the Owls work for every point with its much-improved blocking and digging. But the Owls kept fighting and found the holes in the Warrior defense to put the games away.

Kendra Schmidgall led the team with 20 kills and three ace serves. Bree Holleman followed with 7 kills and 7 digs. Lauren Nelson had a good night at the net having 4 ace blocks which helped shut their hitters down. Aria Walstad had a nice night setting consistently with 25 assists and 2 ace serves.

On Tuesday, the Owls won a road match in Henning 25-17, 25-19, 25-22. The Owls were scrappy, digging up shots and used strong serving to give them the momentum in the games.

Kendra led the team with 16 kills. Bree played really smart and did a great job finding the holes in their defense coming away with 7 kills and 7 digs along with 2 ace serves. Lindsie Cunningham played a nice match going 10/13 serve receiving and also picking up 3 digs. Aria had 26 set assists, but more impressively, had 6 ace serves to help gain control of the game.

On Thursday, Hancock downed another conference opponents, Ortonville, on the road 25-12, 25-12, 25-12.

The Owls took control of the match early and never let up, taking a big lead in each of the three games.

All 15 girls played in the varsity match so it was fun to see these girls who work hard and push these girls every day in practice get an opportunity to play, said coach Kristi Fehr.

Kendra led the team with 14 kills. Bree had an impressive all-around night serving 24 of 25 with 5 aces, 11 kills and 8 digs. Lindsie was a perfect 6 for 6 receiving serve and also had 6 digs.

This was a total team effort with every girl contributing in some way during the match, Fehr said.

The vistories bring Hancock's record to 18-4-1 overall and 6-1 in the conference.