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Volleyball: Hancock falls to CGB in home finale

Hancock's Alexa Meierding goes up for a hit during the game against CGB Thursday, Oct. 4, in Hancock. Meierding had two kills, an ace serve, and a block in the game. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times

Hancock Owl volleyball fell 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-19) against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in the Owls' home finale on Thursday, Oct. 4, Hancock.

Carlee Hanson led the Owls with four kills and also had five set assists, a block, and six digs. Morgan Kisgen had nine assists and Jenna Kannegiesser and Greta Schaefer combined for 19 digs. The Owls recognized three seniors prior to the match: Haley Mattson, Kyerra Carter, and Taylor Wilson.

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Their 1-16 record does not show this season’s improvement, head coach Steph Flaten said. The Owls have had at least 17 sets where they’ve recorded 17 points or more. They have been right in there competing with a lot of teams, they just haven’t been able to get over that hump and pull out wins. The Owls have won just five sets on the season.

“It’s all mental. We come up short at the net,” Flaten said of hitting balls out or into net or sending free balls over. “My mantra right now is we have to swing. We can’t free ball it over (the net). Good things happen when we swing.”

Flaten also added that despite the losing season, the girls are still having fun and looking to improve as the end of the season nears.

“They come to practice every day with the right attitude, ready to put in work and work on things that we need to work on, and that’s huge,” Flaten said.

The Owls close out the regular season next week. They play West Central Area Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Barrett and Dawson-Boyd Thursday, Oct. 11, in Dawson. The Section 6A playoffs begin with pigtail matches on Monday, Oct. 22. If the standings remain as is, Hancock would be the No. 12 seed in 6A-South and will travel to No. 5-seed Wheaton/H-N for a pigtail match.

CGB 3, Hancock 0

CGB............................25 25 25

Hancock (1-16)...........13 12 19


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Serving (aces): Haley Mattson 1, Alexa Meierding 1, Morgan Kisgen 1… Set assists: Kisgen 9, Carlee Hanson 5, Lindsey Mattson 1… Hitting (kills): Hanson 4, Bailey DeSmith 3, Mattson 2, Meierding 2, Kyerra Carter 2, Lindsey Mattson 1, Tori Pahl 1, Lexi Staples 1… Blocking (aces): Pahl 2, H. Mattson 1, Staples 1, Hanson 1, Jenna Kannegiesser 1, Carter 1, Meierding 1, L. Mattson 1… Digs (5 or more): Kannegiesser 10, Greta Schaefer 9, Hanson 6, Taylor Wilson 5

Brooke Kern

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