Kingsland volleyball team finishes 11-16
Gals faced Houston Monday, Thursday ?
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 5:33 AM
The Kingsland volleyball team finished up its regular season this past week, losing to Chatfield (0-3; 20-25, 10-25, 20-25) in a TRC match on Tuesday, and finishing 2-2 at the Rochester Exchange Tournament this past Friday and Saturday.
Kaylee Beevers, left, and Kingsland teammate Jessi Kaster defend vs. Chatfield.
In the Exchange Club Tournament, the Lady Knights lost to Cannon Falls (0-2; 18-25, 22-25) and Forest Lake (0-2; 18-25, 18-25) on Friday, and then rebounded with a couple of wins on Saturday; Lourdes (2-1; 25-20, 10-25, 15-10) and Pine Island (2-1; 25-15, 20-25, 15-6). With the past week's results, Kingsland finished 2-8 in the Three Rivers Conference and 11-16, overall.
In the loss to Chatfield the top hitters were Cheyenne Losey (7 kills), Jessi Kaster (4 kills) and Lizzie Tart (4 kills). Tart was also the leader in hitting efficiency, .500 (4 kills, 0 errors, 8 attacks) and set assists, 19. Capping off Tart's fine game against the Gophers, she also came up with 11 digs. Defensively, Jessi Kaster had 15 digs and was 10/16 in serve receive. Gabriel Drees had 12 digs. Serving leaders were Haley Colton (9/9), Rialie Fenske (5/5), Gabriel Drees (3/3), Mikaylah Hellickson (2/2), Cheyenne Losey (8/9), Brianna Musel (8/9) and Jessi Kaster (4/5). Tart and Colton had ace serves. "We struggled with their serves (36/59 SR) and didn't take advantage of plays at the net," said coach Lisa Kimball.
The gals finished 13th in the Exchange Club Tournament, winning two and losing two, while playing 10 sets (4-6) in the tournament. Top servers were Brianna Musel (15/15), Mikaylah Hellickson (8/8), Haley Colton (22/23), Lizzie Tart (49/52, 5 aces), and Gabriel Drees (14/16). Cheyenne Losey, 29, Jessi Kaster, 21, and Kaylee Beevers, 10, led the team in kills. Kaster (11-1/2) and Losey (10) topped the ace block's list. Defensively, dig leaders were Losey (37), Drees (28), Colton (28), Kaster (26) and Tart (22). Leader in serve receives (SR) were Jessi Kaster (45/56), Gabriel Drees (30/42) and Cheyenne Losey (19/27).
"All in all the girls played well," said Kimball. "We had some communication issues the first day, but the girls stepped it up on Saturday to win the next couple of matches."
The gals got the No. 8 seed for the East 1A Subsection Tournament and hosted Houston (No. 9, 10-15-1) this past Monday. If the Lady Knights beat Houston, they would travel to No. 1 Wabasha-Kellogg, on Thursday. Go Knights!