Kingsland’s Reann Kimball tries to power the ball in between two Stewartville defenders.  CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Kingsland’s Reann Kimball tries to power the ball in between two Stewartville defenders. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The Kingsland volleyball team has lost its first two games of the season to Stewartville (0-3) and Lewiston-Altura (1-3), but head coach Jackie Whitacre says, "we're communicating better and getting better coverage on both hitting and blocking."

Both are positive factors on a team that is inexperienced and shorter than most of its opponents. The Knights played the first two contests of the season at home.

In the loss to Stewartville, Taylor Link (5/5), Kailynn Hamersma (5/5), Gina Blanchard (2/2) and Rialie Fenske (1/1) were all perfect from the service line. Reann Kimball had the only ace serve against the Tigers.

In the hitting department, Brianna Musel had four kills and an ace block and Hamersma had three kills and 1.5 ace blocks. Fenske led the team with 10 digs and was 15 for 19 in serve receives. Taylor Link was 14 for 20 in serve receives. Hannah Pruter had eight set assists.

In the Three Rivers Conference opener against Lewiston-Altura, Pruter (7/8) and Kimball (8/9) led the serving. Kailynn Hamersma had four ace serves against the Cardinals.

Hamersma (5), Musel (5), Link (4), Kimball (4) and Haley Colton (3) led the team in kills. Link didn't have any hitting errors and Musel had just one. Pruter led the team with 10 set assists. Dig leaders were Fenske (12), Link (8), Colton (9) and Musel (8).

Serve receiving was a positive against L-A: Fenske(20/22), Link (11/15), Colton (19/22) and Musel (15/17).

The Kingsland B squad lost both of its matches.

The Lady Knights travel to Southland, Thursday, Sept. 5. The Knights return home on Tuesday, Sept. 10, against Wabasha-Kellogg.