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G-H spikers compete in Heelan Classic

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

The Galva-Holstein volleyball team dropped to 29-11 on the season by going 2-3 here Saturday in the high-powered Bishop-Heelan Classic.

In pool play, the Lady Pirates lost to Heelan 21-10, 21-8 in their first match before beating Sioux City East 21-18 and 21-17 and Bellevue West 21-7, 21-15.

In the championship semis, the Pirates were eliminated by powerful Maple Valley-Anton-Oto, 21-15, 18-21 and 15-5. Maple Valley defeated Class 3A and state-ranked Heelan 2-1.

Galva-Holstein coach Scott Mitchell assessed his team's play.

"I thought we played well most of the day, but we came out sluggish in the morning against Heelan," he said. "In a tournament like this, with seven ranked teams and most schools larger than us, to finish 2-3 was a good day for us.

"The Heelan Classic might be the toughest tournament in the state of Iowa. We played eventual champion MVAO very tough in the semifinals and beat them in game two. I hope facing this competition level will help us prepare for the district tournament."

As a team during the tourney, the Lady Pirates hit on 167 of 181 serves for 92.3 percent, including 21 ace serves. In hitting, Galva-Holstein was 212 of 257 with 92 kills and 29 blocks.

They finished with 133 digs and had 84 set assists.

Individually, Deena Hudson led the way with 24 kills, eight digs and nine blocks. Emily Schlinz finished with 20 kills, 21 digs, three blocks and 39 set assists.

Also, Whitney Rasmussen added 17 kills, two digs and seven blocks while Kelli Beyer notched 15 kills, a team-high 35 digs and one block. Ashley McGuire finished with 12 kills, 24 digs and three blocks while setter Chelsey Meyer added 19 digs and 37 set assists.

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