The Volleyball team traveled to Axtell on Saturday, October 20th, for the annual Axtell Volleyball Tournament. The girls started their day off with pool play and battled the Axtell Wildcats and St. Mary’s Cardinals.
The team fought hard against Axtell in the first set, only losing the set 23-25. The Wildcats managed to pull away in the next set and the Cardinals fell with a score of 16-25. The middles led the team in kills with Carlee Stuhmer with 9, followed by Tiffany Wells with 7. Kayla Kindler led the team in serving with 3 aces, while Dakota Hughes led in digs with 9. For assists, Maloree Graf led with 9 followed by Abigail Waldo with 8. The team knew they would have to up their play for the games ahead.
Next, the girls took on St. Mary’s, and took the first set with a score of 25-17, and managed to secure the game with a second set score of 25-23. The middles led again in kills, with Wells with 9 kills and Stuhmer with 8. Wells also secured 3 solo blocks. Graf led in service aces with 3, and Hughes led in digs with 8. Graf also led in assists with 12.
After going 1-1 in pool play, the team was placed in the silver bracket, and readied themselves to face Dundy-County Stratton, a team with a record of 17-8 and this year’s RPAC Runner-Up team. The girls prepared themselves for a tough match. The game went to 3 heart-pounding sets. They started off the first set with a strong win of 26-24. The second set was a little shakier, with the girls dropping the set 12-25. Finally, in the third set, the girls came back from a score of 20-23 to win the game with an ending score of 25-23. Stuhmer led in kills with 14, as well as digs with 22. Wells led in blocks with 4. Graf had a total of 18 assists, and Waldo led in aces with 5.
Overall, the girls had a tough day and played with heart, passion, and positivity to earn the third place plaque from the 2018 Axtell Volleyball Tournament. Congrats ladies! The team will play in their last regular season game on Tuesday, October 23rd, at Franklin.
Article BY Abigail Waldo