SLHS loses Lakes match in 5 to E-Hawks
The Storm Lake High girls volleyball team lost a five-game heartbreaker here Tuesday night to Lakes rival Emmetsburg.
The E-Hawks won the match, 25-18, 23-25, 26-28, 25-23 and 15-12.
The Tornadoes were led by 13 kills from Michaela Brungardt, who was 29 of 38 in hitting.
Senior Katie Overtuf added eight kills while three other Tornado players - Jenna Smith, Kata Harvey, and Jaye Kwikkel - notched six kills each
"We got off to a slow start in most of the games and then battled back," Storm Lake High volleyball coach Kim Johnson said. "All of the games were very close; we just ended up a little short.
"In the fifth game, we played not to lose and were not aggressive offensively. We tipped the ball numerous times and Emmetburg pounded it right back at us," Johnson added.
"As a result, we were on defense most of the fifth game. Michaela Brungardt and Jenna Smith played well in the front row.
SLHS setter Ali Kofmehl finished with 13 set assists and Overturf six.
Kofmehl was 17 of 18 from the service line with one ace serve. Overturf was 14 if 14 at the line with two ace serves.
Also at the line, Kelly Smith was 16 of 16 with an ace, and Amy Berg was perfect on 23 attempts.
Overturf led defensively in the back row with 17 digs. Kofmehl, Lindsay Guenther and Morgan Darrrow each added 13 digs.
Harvey was 12 of 14 in blocks with one solo block. Guenther was 10 of 15 in blocking with three solo blocks.
In the junior varsity game, Emmetsburg beat their Storm Lake counterparts 22-20 and 21-15.
Kelly Smith was 6 of 7 in hitting with three kills, while Slone Masters was 11 of 12 in hitting with five kills. Tammy Nielsen added four kills on 11 of 13 hitting and Beth Bedel was 4 of 5 in hitting. Abby Smith and Jaye Kwikkel were both 7 of 7 from the service line with one ace each.
Maleia Miller was 7 of 7 from the line and Masters 5 of 5.
Kwikkel added eight set assists on 27 of 27 hitting. Mylea Zimmerman was 6 of 8 in setting and Jordan Bauer was 17 of 18.
"The girls all played really well and we hit the ball hard," said SL JV coach Staci Maloy. "The girls had a lot of enthusiasm from the start."
The Storm Lake freshman team won its match 26-24, 17-21 and 15-5. With the win, the SL frosh improved to 4-3.
Myriah Noble was 8 of 11 in hitting and Emily Deters was 8 of 9.
Brooke Gaffney was 18 of 19 with an ace serve and Katie Blum did a good job of setting, according to coach Julia Pick.
"The girls played hard and scrappy in all three games," Pick said. "Jaimi Hocking had a great night passing and Brooke Gaffney was on with her serves.
"We improved our record tonight and the girls looked very impressive."