Storm Lake High volleyball coach Jacquie Bauer got a glimpse of her team's potential here Thursday night in a 3-1 loss to Emmetsburg.
The E-Hawks won the Lakes Conference match 25-17, 25-22, 20-25 and 26-24.
"This was the toughest volleyball we have played so far," Bauer said. "The girls hit hard, we set well and also served very well.
"We just can't hang our heads to much. This was a great match against Emmetsburg, which has a good club."
Senior hitter Trish Halder led the way with six kills on 15 of 17 hitting. Katie Overturf was 15 of 22 in hitting and also added six kills. Kata Harvey notched four kills on 14 of 18 hitting and Heidi Hammen registered three kills on 11 of 15 hitting.
Ali Kofmehl finished with 14 set assists on 64 of 67 set attempts, while Erin Anderson added eight set assists on 45 of 49 sets.
Jenny Jones served ten points, and Hammen and Anderson each served for six points.
"We know we can't spend the first game getting warmed up," Bauer added. "But the girls saw tonight what they can do.
"I am proud of them even though it was a conference loss. We hope to make it up during the season and hope that Emmetsburg takes down other conference teams."
The Tornado junior varsity lost to their Emmetsburg counterparts, 21-15, 21-14 and 21-15.
SL coach Staci Maloy said her team struggled a bit with serving. Jenna Smith, Tammy Nielsen and Michaela Brungardt each finished with one kill.
Maleia Miller, Jaye Kwikkel and Kelly Smith each added one set assist. Miller served for six points, Kelly Smith for four and Abby Smith for three.
The SL freshman volleyball team lost to Emmetsburg 21-4, 11-21 and 15-8.
Beth Bedel was five of six in hitting with three kills, while Courtney Lovetinsky was 12 of 12 in serving with four aces. Mylea Zimmerman was five of seven in serving with two aces. She was also 16 of 20 serving.
Storm Lake resumes conference play Tuesday at Estherville. Thursday, the Tornadoes will host LeMars at the SLHS gym.