Lady Knights lose two
'Playing better,' says coach
Thursday, September 27, 2012 4:01 AM
Last week the Kingsland volleyball team lost two Three Rivers Conference matches to St. Charles (2-3: 22-25, 25-16, 25-21, 22-25, 12-15) and Lewiston-Altura (1-3: 21-25, 14-25, 25-23, 24-26). The two losses dropped the gals record to 1-5 in the Three Rivers Conference and 4-8 overall.
Cheyenne Losey and Kingsland teammate Taylor Link block a St. Charles attack.
In last Thursday's loss to the Cardinals, Jessi Kaster led the team with 12 kills and a hitting efficiency of .270. Brianna Musel contributed 10 kills and hit .250. Lizzie Tart had 25 set assists and a team high 19 digs.
Top servers against L-A were Kaster (6/6), Tart (11/12), Mikaylah Hellickson (12/13), Musel (11/11), Haley Colton (5/5), Rialie Fenske (3/3) and Gabriel Drees (17/18, 3 aces).
Kaster had 13 digs in the contest and was 18 for 20 in the serve receiving department.
In the five set loss to St. Charles, Cheyenne Losey had 20 kills and four ace blocks to lead the Lady Knights. Jessi Kaster recorded nine kills, 19 digs and was 19/26 in serve receiving.
Top servers were Kaster (21/22), Lizzie Tart (14/14), Brianna Musel (19/19) and Gabriel Drees (19/19). Drees also had eight kills and 1.5 blocks. Kaster and Tart each had two ace serves.
"Overall, the girls played well," said coach Lisa Kimball. "We just need to be better at anticipating and getting into position quickly. We also need to play smarter at the net."
The B squad lost both of its matches to St. Charles and L-A. The week before the "bombers" lost to Wabasha-Kellogg and defeated Dover-Eyota. In the loss to W-K, Carly Thompson and Rachel Harder each had seven kills, with Reann Kimball putting down five. Hannah Pruter had 18 set assists. Thompson (15/15, 2 aces) and Kimball (7/7, ace) were tops in serving and Alayna Meskill (11 digs) and Kahri Kolden (7 digs) led the defense.
In the two set win over the Eagles, stat leaders were Kimball (5 kills), Pruter (7 assists), Meskill (12/12 serving, 3 aces) and Ashley Zimmerman (9/9 serving, one ace).
Southland Tournament: The team got wins over Plainview-Elgin-Millville (2-1), Lyle/Pacelli (2-1) and Medford (2-1). The Lady Knights lost twice to Blooming Prairie (1-2 and 1-2). The gals were second in the tournament, losing to the Awesome Blossoms in the championship match.
Here are some of the stat leaders in the tournament....Cheyenne Losey (44/49 serving, four aces, 28 kills, 46 digs, 31/42 SR, 10 blocks); Jessi Kaster (31/32 serving, four aces, 39 kills, .365 hitting, six blocks, 73 digs, 34/41 SR); Lizzie Tart (50/52 serving, 6 aces, 99 set assists); Mikaylah Hellickson (42/43 serving); Brianna Musel (44/46 serving, 4 aces, 22 kills, 49 digs, 20/31 SR); Haley Colton (32 digs, 21/29 serve receiving). "Overall, it was a good tournament," said Kimball. "I felt we played better the second time around against Blooming Prairie."
Also, info on the Wabasha-Kellogg match: Wabasha-Kellogg is the No. 2 rated team in Class A. The Knights lost in three. Cheyenne Losey had six of the team's 11 kills. Lizzie Tart had seven set assists. The team only got 24 serves in the entire match.
Comments from Kimball: "Wabasha-Kellogg is a great volleyball team and we couldn't get anything going. We struggled on serve receive and weren't aggressive in our coverages."
In the only contest this week, the Knights were scheduled to play at home Tuesday against Caledonia. Next Tuesday, they take on Fillmore Central at home.