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Hancock Volleyball team wins two more

Above Kendra Schmidgall returns the ball to an Ortonville player in a match at home.1 / 2
During a recent volleyball match, Aria Walstad (right) attained the 1,000 set assist mark. Walstad is a senior on the Hancock volleyball team.2 / 2

The Owls volleyball team had a busy homecoming week, playing matches on Tuesday and Thursday.

On Tuesday the Owls traveled to Wheaton to take on a strong Warrior team for a conference match. The Owls came out strong and aggressive in the first set dominating with a score of 25-13. The Owls struggled with their passing and getting their offense going in the next two sets and the Warriors took advantage of this by winning sets two and three with scores of 19-25, 17-25. The Owls then came back and put things together in set four winning 25-14 which brought the deciding set. The Owls kept the momentum to start the set and pulled away with a 9-3 lead but the Warriors fought back and closed the score to 12-9 before we scored three straight points to end the match. Kendra Schmidgall had a monster night having 33 kills and 15 digs. Ali Reese and Illissa Koehl also played great defense having 20 and 17 digs. Aria Walstad had 41 set assists.

The Owls hosted Ortonville on Thursday night for another conference match and came away with a 3-0 win with scores of 25-10, 25-8, 25-6. The Owls came out in this match and really set the tone and just never allowed Ortonville to get any momentum going. Lauren Nelson led the team in serving going 27/27 with eight aces. Schmidgall had 19 kills, Walstad had 26 set assists and Schmidgall led the team with five digs.

On Monday night they traveled to West Central to take on a very scrappy Knight team and came away with a hard fought win with scores of 25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20. We came out in this match and really struggled with our passing and getting any kind of momentum and offense going. To West Central's credit, they played very scrappy defense never giving up on balls and got their hitters a little flustered by blocking well. They were able to get some serving runs a few times that allowed them to pull ahead and come away with the victory. Reese led the team in serving going 20/21 with four aces and Koehl was 20/21 with three. Schmidgall led the team with 17 kills followed by Nelson with 12. Walstad had 37 assists for the match. Reese, Koehl, and Shae Brown did a nice job in the back row digging up and hustling having 15, 11, and six digs.

This brings the Owls overall record to 13-1 and 3-0 in conference play. The Owls host an eight team tournament Saturday starting at 9 a.m. in the Hancock gym.