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Hancock, MINN. volleyball team takes first at their own tournament

On Monday the Owls traveled to Campbell Tintah Fairmont and won this match with scores of 25-10, 25-16, 25-9. Hancock was able to control each of these sets early on and CTF was unable to get an offense going. The Owls did a nice job serving aggressively and were able to take advantage of the many freeballs that were given.

Kenrdra Schmidgall had 15 kills, Courtney Greiner and Ali Reese each had 10. Shae Brown had 30 set assists. Serving leaders were Reese going 17/18 with three aces and Lexi Steege going 13/14 with three aces. Serandon Bigalke was perfect at the serving line going 9/9. Reese lead in digs with seven and Steege added five.

On Tuesday the Owls traveled to Clinton Graceville Beardsley for a conference match and won this match 3-0 with scores of 25-10, 25-9, 25-19. Again the Owls were able to control each of these sets early on and set the tempo of the match and again were given many freeballs to take advantage of.

Schmidgall led the team with 24 kills followed by Reese with seven. Brown did a nice job setting the ball to the hitters and had 32 set assists. Reese led the team in serving going 15/15 with one ace and Steege went 12/13 and had an impressive seven aces. Reese led the team in digs with 12 followed by Steegewith 10.

On Saturday Hancock hosted an eight team tournament. In the first round of pool play the Owls faced Verndale and won this match 25-17, 25-7. Hancock only missed one serve in these two sets and did a nice job keeping the ball on their side of the court.

Again the Owls were given many freeballs that they were able to take advantage of. Schmidgall and Greiner both had 10 kills, Brown 19 assists and Reese had nine digs. Tara Flaten had four kills and one solo block. The next match in pool play was against a young and scrappy Ashby team. The Owls were able to get the momentum early on in each of these sets and was able to get the ball set up to the hitters and won with scores of 25-12, 25-16.

Schmidgall had 15 kills followed by Greiner with eight. Brown had 24 assists and Reese had six digs. Abby Ascheman had three kills along with one solo block.

The last pool play match was against Morris/C-A. This game was a lot faster tempo and Hancock was given more balls that they needed to dig and block. The girls came out ready to play and slowly took control of each of these sets winning with scores of 25-16, 25-16. Schmidgall led with 16 kills followed by Greiner with 10. Brown had 30 assists. Greiner had a nice net game having three solo blocks. Reese, Bigalke, Steege and Brown all were perfect at the serving line.

This brought Hancock into the Championship Bracket where they faced West Central and won this match with scores of 25-15, 24-26, 15-8. The Owls came out strong in the first set and took control of this set with strong offense and serving. In set two Hancock missed a lot of serves and quit talking which resulted in poor passing and not getting any offense going. West Central took advantage of this winning 24-26.

In the third set the Owls were able to jump out to an early lead and never allowed them to get close winning this 15-8. Schmidgall had 16 kills and one block and Greiner had 11 kills and one block. Brown had 24 assists and Reese had 10 digs.

This brought the Owls to the championship against a strong Upsala team. Hancock jumped out to an early lead and played very aggressive before allowing an Upsala server six points due to lack of communication. It went back and forth until Reese was able to get four points and make the score 24-19. Hancock was able to put the next ball away for a kill to win 24-20.

The next set the Owls again jumped to a 10-5 lead before Upsala came back and again went back and forth before they finally were able to win with a score of 25-22 for first place

"This was a long day where we played five matches on the day and although we lost some focus and desire during some points, they were still able to pull together and find a way to win", said Coach Kriti Fehr. "This is a great bunch of girls to work with and they deserve to be champions! Our record now stands at 22-1 overall and 4-0 in conference play. We only have one match this week traveling to Wheaton for a very tough conference match."

"A big thanks to all of the parents and workers who helped at the tournament this year! It would not have been successful without you- You are the Best".