HOLSTEIN - Storm Lake made their debut in the Class 3A volleyball rankings at #11 Thursday, and the Tornadoes celebrated with a victory, knocking off Class 1A's 11th-ranked school, Galva-Holstein, in four games; 21-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-9.
The victory makes nine straight for the Tornadoes, who are one of the remaining two unbeaten teams in all of Class 3A.
"What an exciting night!," said SL head coach Kim Johnson. "We played very well against a quality Galva-Holstein team. Our passing tonight was on the money and we were very solid defensively. We made some adjustments early on defense by taking the tip away and the girls were right where they needed to be to pick of most of G-H's attacks. This was a total team effort! It was so much fun to watch the girls gain confidence as the match progressed. It was another great night for Tornado volleyball. Now it's time to get back to business and prepare for Western next Thursday."
The Wolfpack enter Thursday's matchup at 12-1 and are currently the top-ranked team in Class 2A after claiming last year's state championship. Their only loss on the season came to Bishop Heelan, #1 in 3A.
Leading the way in the victory over the Pirates, Katie Blum accounted for 17 kills, 20 digs, and a pair of aces. Cassie Meylor added 10 kills, four blocks, and two aces. Megan Thompson piled up 22 assists, 14 digs, and three aces, and Jordan Bauer finished with 12 assists, 15 digs, and five aces.
Leading the Pirates, Brooke Wiese totaled 11 kills Thursday night. Heidi Rollefson notched nine, and Victoria Andresen finished with seven.
Jamie Christensen recorded 16 assists at setter, as did Brea Slaybaugh.
Defensively, Ashley Buell led Galva-Holstein with 23 digs, while Wiese added ten of her own.
The junior varsity match between the two schools saw the Pirates pick up a 2-1 victory. The freshmen won team also fell to Galva-Holstein, 21-11, 21-9.
Games begin at 5:30PM in Storm Lake on Thursday.
Galva-Holstein is on the court again this weekend as they visit Caroll for tournament action. Games begin at 9AM at the Carroll High School.