Haley Colton, left, and Kingsland teammate Reann Fenske blocking vs. Fillmore Central.  CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Haley Colton, left, and Kingsland teammate Reann Fenske blocking vs. Fillmore Central. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
This past week the Kingsland volleyball team lost a pair of Three Rivers Conference matches to the two toughest teams in the conference: Fillmore Central (0-3: 12-25, 11-25, 7-25) and Chatfield (0-3: 12-25, 8-25, 12-25).

With the two losses, Kingsland drops to 0-7 in the TRC, and 3-10, overall. Fillmore Central and Chatfield are currently tied for the TRC lead, at 7-0.

In the loss to the Gophers, four hitters went through the three sets without a hitting error. Taylor Link had four kills and hit .444, Reann Kimball hit .400 and had four kills, Gina Blanchard hit .375 with three kills and Haley Colton had two kills and hit .250.

Hannah Pruter was four for four serving and led the team with 10 set assists. Blanchard was three for three from the serving line. Colton had both of the Lady Knights' ace serves.

Defensively, Gina Blanchard was 14 for 14 in serve receiving (SR) and both Haley Colton and Brianna Musel were seven for eight. Rialie Fenske was the workhorse in the back row with 22 receptions in 34 attempts. She also led the team with 12 digs. Hannah Pruter added 11 digs on defense.

In the loss to the No. 1 rated Falcons, Kimball had three kills and two ace blocks.

The team had a good serving night, converting 27 of 30 attempts, led by Musel's 9/9 and two ace serves. In the SR department, Fenske went 19/27, Colton had a perfect 13/13 and Kimball was 14/19. Musel also played a good defensive game, successfully handling six of seven serves. Dig leaders were Fenske (8), Colton (6) and Pruter (6).

"Overall I am pleased with our play," said coach Jackie Whitacre. "We kept our heads and stayed a team. Glad we got to double digits," she added, "when other teams were unable to score that many points against Fillmore Central."

Tuesday the gals were at Fillmore Central for a non-conference match, Thursday they host Plainview-Elgin-Millville and Saturday they go to the Byron tournament.