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Hancock VB team wins first round in playoffs

By Kristi Fehr

The Hancock Owls played their first sub-section match at home on Friday night against CGB and came away with a 3-0 victory. The scores were 25-17, 25-19, 25-11.

The Owls were seeded No. 2 in their sub-section and played the winner of CGB and Henning match on Thursday night. CGB won in three games against Henning which brought Hancock up against the Wolverines for the third time this season.

Both the Owls and the Wolverines came out ready to play, with both teams playing aggressive defense and offense. The Owls had not played a match for over a week so it took the girls a little while to get in their rhythm. They started to gain momentum in the first match with consistent passing and aggressive serving.

The Owls came out strong right away in the second match and continued to play a smart and aggressive game. The Wolverines continued to play tough defense but Hancock's hitters were able to find open spots to put the ball away.

The Owls took control of the third set and never allowed CGB to get into the game. Bree Holleman served 7 points to gain some huge momentum and the Owls were able to win this set 25-11.

"This was a great team effort," said Owls coach Kristi Fehr. "The girls came out and played with intensity in all three games staying composed and playing a very smart match."

Kendra Schmidgall led the team with 17 kills and also had 4 ace serves. Bree had 9 kills and 9 digs and also serving 18/19. Our libero Lindsie Cunningham had a great night passing and digging, with 10 digs and also serving 9 of 9. Aria Walstad played a very smart and consistent game with 31 set assists and 4 kills. Ali Reese served 11 of 11 and had 3 digs. Vanessa Anderson did a nice job in the back row with 2 digs and passing consistently. Hancock's middles continued to improve and both Courtney Greiner and Lauren Nelson played a very good all-around match. Courtney had a block, 5 kills and served 7 of 7 with 3 aces and Lauren had 3 blocks, 3 kills and went 7 of 7.

"The girls on the bench also need to be credited for their great attitudes," Fehr said. "They do a great job cheering and encouraging the girls on the floor and work hard every day in practice.