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Storm Lake's volleyball improvement continues

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Storm Lake's volleyball team, which went winless in the Lakes last year, now has two league victories to its credit.

The Tornadoes beat E-LC 3-2 (18-25, 25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 15-12) on the road Tuesday.

Tornadoes coach Kim Johnson called it a big win for the program, mainly because the team finished in the fifth game. Storm Lake jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Midgets tied it up. The Tornadoes trailed by as much as 9-6 before coming back to take the game and the match.

"Both teams were tentative and didn't want to make a mistake. I told the girls that we needed to be aggressive and play to win. They responded and began to hit the ball again," said Johnson. "We play well when we play aggressively. Our serve receive and passing was on tonight.

"As a result we had 178 attack attempts and were able to generate offense. We also tallied a season high 47 kills. Our serving was impressive. We were 97 for 101 on the night.

"Cassie Meylor collected 16 kills and played very well at the net. Jaye Kwikkel also did a nice job of mixing up the sets to our hitters."

Tammy Nielsen downed eight kills, while Slone Masters and Michaela Brungardt both had seven.

Kwikkel (21) and Katie Blum (15) led the way in the assist department.

Four Tornadoes brought up over 20 digs: Kwikkel (25), Masters (24), Jordan Bauer (23) and Blum (20).

Meylor put up eight blocks, while Brungradt finished with five and Blum and Nielsen each contributed four.

Bauer was a perfect 20 of 20 serving with two aces. Kelly Smith was 16 of 16 serving; Masters was 23 of 24 with three aces.

In JV action that night, the Midgets prevailed 21-16, 21-15.

Nicole Martin had three assists and Megan Thompson two.

Meanwhile, Storm Lake's freshman team won, 23-21, 21-14.

"We passed the ball very well in this match which resulted in a season-high 19 kills," said coach Janet Anderson.

Samantha Kavan and Jackie Brungardt both had six of them, while Katelyn Goodchild added five kills. Goodchild had five assists and was 10 of 11 serving with three aces.

Defensively, Katelyn Larson and Alex Nyren led the team with 10 and eight digs, respectively, as the Tornadoes improved to 6-4 overall and 3-4 in the Lakes.



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