By Dan Bechtold
Winner volleyball team opened the season with a victory taking three sets over Bon Homme on Aug. 27. The Lady Warriors won 25-17, 25-21 and 25-13.
Maggie LaCompte and Mackenzie Levi were 100 percent in serving and LaCompte had 3 aces.
Ellie Brozik and Levi each had one ace. Brozik had 11 kills and Kalla Bertram, 9 and Shannon Calhoon, 7.
Levi had 20 set assists and Addy Root, 7.
LaCompte was 100 percent in serve receive and Bertram was 81 percent. LaCompte had 19 digs and Bertram, 16.
Jenna Hammerbeck and Calhoon had a solo block and a block assist.
As a team, Winner was 93 percent in serving with 5 service aces, 33 kills and 30 set assists.
Winner was 74 percent in service receive.
Coach Jaime Keiser said the team came out a little nervous. “Once we got the nerves out we did a great job of attacking the ball which kept Bon Homme on the defensive end. We were serving aggressively which kept Bon Homme out of system. We did a great job of talking ad working together as a team,” said Keiser.
The Winner junior varsity defeated Bon Homme in two sets 25-13 and 25-10.
The junior varsity had 11 aces, 16 kills, 11 set assists and 21 digs.
The team was 94 percent in serving. Rylee Root, Marlie Schuyler, Aleya Miller and Madeline Watzel were 100 percent in serving. Skyler Hansen had 5 ace serves.
Jenna Hammerbeck and Schuyler led the team with 4 kills each followed by Hansen with 3 kills.
Root had 11 set assists.
Hansen led the team in digs with 6 followed Hammerbeck and Schuyler with 4 each.
The team was 73 percent in serve receive. Hansen was 83 percent in serve receive.
Winner vs Miller
The Lady Warriors hosted Miller on Thursday and fell in three sets—19-25, 14-25 and 16-25.
“Miller is a great team and brought back quite a few from last year. They have a very balanced and athletic team,” said Keiser.
LaCompte was 100 percent in serving and Brozik was 90 percent. Brozik had 2 ace serves and LaCompte had 1 ace serve.
Brozik had 10 kills and Bertram 6.
Levi had 19 set assists and Root, 3.
Maggie LaCompte was 60 percent in serve receive and Ellie Brozik was 50 percent.
LaCompte had 12 digs and Hammerbeck and Brozik, 9 each.
As a team, Winner was 87 percent in serving with 3 ace serves, 23 kills, and 22 set assits.
They had 58 digs.
“We came out ready to play. They had some hard hitters and we did a good job of playing defense and digging up their hard hits. But it kept us out of system,” said coach Keiser. “We played with a lot of intensity and never gave up. Hopefully we will get another shot at them in the Big Dakota Conference Tournament.”
The next action for the Winner team will be Sept. 5 when the Lady Warriors host Ainsworth and Valentine.
On Sept. 10, Winner is at Bennett County.