Junior hitter Trish Halder had eight kills on 17 of 19 hitting here Tuesday night at the SLHS gym, as the Storm Lake volleyball team won an important, five-game match with Emmetsburg.
The Tornadoes improved to 1-1 in Lakes Conference play and to 3-5 overall with a 29-31, 25-22, 11-25, 25-22, 15-9 win over the E-Hawks.
"The team came out on a mission to win and followed through, going all five games," said Storm Lake volleyball coach Jacquie Bauer. "All were close except the third game, when we had a little breakdown in communication.
"We hit hard and were scrappy on the court and went after it."
The Tornadoes were on for the most part offensively and defensively. Diana Lai was 10 of 16 in hitting with three kills while Jess Overturf was 18 of 25 in hitting with three kills. Jenny Jones made good on 10 of 13 hits and also had three ace hits.
Defensively, Jess Overturf finished with 28 digs in 33 tries while Halder and Katie Overturf each finished with 14 digs.
Jess Overturf had a strong all-around game, finishing with eight ace serves on 17 of 19 serving. She was 63 of 65 in setting with six set assists while fellow setter Erin Anderson finished with 11 set assists on 55 of 60 setting.
Halder was 15 of 15 from the service line while Jones was 18 of 20. The Tornado girls host tough Estherville-LC Thursday night.
Meanwhile, the Storm Lake JV volleyball team lost its match to Emmetsburg 14-21, 14-21 and 22-20. With the loss, the team dropped to 1-1 in conference play.
Kata Harvey finished with four of four hitting while Kristan Erskin was seven of eight in spike attempts. Ali Kofmehl was 10 of 12 in setting while Rachel Swanson was 11 of 12.
Lindsay Guenther was 9 of 10 from the service line with six aces and seven points overall. Kofmehl scored two service points and was 5 of 5 from the line.
The SLHS freshman team dropped a 13-25, 17-25 decision to its Emmetsburg counterparts, dropping to 0-2 in Lakes Conference play.
Jaye Kwikkel was six of seven in hitting with one kill while teammate Michaela Brumgardt was four of five in hitting and Brooke Noble six of seven. Kwikkel was 9 of 9 in setting while Maleia Miller was seven of seven with two set assists.
Kwikkel had a fine all around game; she was 10 of 10 from the service line with two ace serves. Kelly Smith finished with five ace serves and was six of seven from the line while Miller was five of five with one ace serve.